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Animation short-film like in the good old days: paper marionettes and paint on a 10 level multiplane, no post-production tricks.

Animation short film like in the good old days paper marionettes and paint on a 10 level multiplane no post production tricks


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It all starts cutting metal pieces for warehouse shelves to build the multiplane structure in which the film will be animated.


This structure is 2,7m high and has 5 levels. These levels are at different distances so there is only one level in focus at a time.


Each level is double. There are drawer sliders that will hold the upper glass so it can be moved to a side to manipulate things in the lower glass level, which is fixed.


Using cheap fluorescent lights. The only ones I found that match the structure size have a purpule color, which doesn´t matter as I´m shooting in black and white.


Doing the first focus tests. In the film, the focus jumps from one level to another uncovering a constantly changing landscape. There are no camera movements and very few cuts.


The camera is hanging at the top and fully controlled through the computer.


The finished shooting setup.


The characters were designed by Norwegian illustrator Gina Thorstensen. I then adapted the designs and made this articulated paper marionnettes based on them.


Characters that turn around or that appear at different levels have to be done multiple times.


The ones that appear in the lowest levels are usually very small.


Oh BARTELS, I like your comments. This is for you


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