Contemporary Video Art interacts with the language of popular culture extensively. One aspect of this language that I have not yet explored is that of animation and stop motion. This grant will allow me to study aspects of this practice, develop my own vocabulary and integrate it into my creative work in a concentrated way. New technology available through the use of hybrid cameras that can record both video and still images plus improved software for controlling their acquisition make this integration aesthetically compelling. My hope is that this direction will lead to increased mystery and magic in my video and installation art work.