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Christmas Window Already Going Up On State Street With Art From DePaul Students

Thirty DePaul students spent more than a year making a stop-motion animation video for the window display.

DePaul will unveil a Christmas display window at its Loop campus on Thursday. The window will feature a video with stop-motion animation showing holiday scenes, including one part focused on holiday treats like gingerbread men.
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DOWNTOWN — Christmas is 50 days away, but DePaul’s already feeling the holiday cheer.

The university, which has a campus in the Loop, will unveil a student-created holiday window display on Thursday near State Street and Jackson Boulevard. The display focuses on a stop-motion animated film created by dozens of students.

A monitor set in the window will show the film, which shows three “worlds.” One world features decorations and wrapping paper, the second shows holiday baked goods and “the memories that come from a kitchen,” and the third focuses on the Nativity, according to a DePaul news release.

Each of the scenes will also feature a star, a symbol of Christmas.

The film took more than a year to make. Thirty DePaul students created storyboards and puppets, built miniature and full-size sets and then shot the film frame-by-frame for the stop-motion technique.

A video shows how the film was made:

“I think the thing about stop motion is that people know what they’re looking at is real, but it’s doing something impossible,” said Meghann Artes, a faculty filmmaker who helped guide students on the project, according to DePaul.

The monitor with the film will be surrounded by decorations, including fake snow, a wreath, garland and a Nativity scene.

The window will be unveiled 5:20 p.m. Thursday at 247 S. State St.

The film will run 8 a.m.-9:30 p.m. through Jan. 15.

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