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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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The finished shooting setup.

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

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

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

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

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