It appears as though there are some similar techniques used in this to the ones I am using in my ‘Jaffa Cakes’ project. Layers of hand drawn/painted textures, some of which are looping a sequence. Appears to have similar issues with the speed of their looping too.
The characters are 2d animated though and applied over the top, it’s really nice that they still have a papery texture to them rather than drawn directly over digitally. Mine will be animated in 3d but each limb will be made as a separate object with a looping texture.
It looks so simple, it’s great!
Here are some lovely quotes from an article by Rebecca Keegan for the ‘Los Angeles Times’.
“The sense of wonder has gone out of movies. We appreciate the beauty of what’s done, the ingenuity of the director to put these images on the screen, but the sense of magic is gone, because a 14-year-old knows that when they see something amazing on the screen, the default answer is, ‘Yeah, they did it all on computer, and there’s nothing you can’t do.’ This slightly old-fashioned idea of stop-frame somehow brings the wonder back.”
- Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman
“We want to tell creatively richer, more emotionally resonant stories in this medium. You could have a western, a romance, a musical, a sci fi epic. Stop-motion is probably the worst, most painful way to make a film. It’s a completely awful process to engage in, an anachronism. But the stories have a warmth and a charm. You’re not looking at ones and zeros. You’re looking at the hands of the artists who made it.”
- Laika chief executive, Travis Knight
Great! The ‘handmade’ element to animation is something that I am very fond of. Because it is such a slow and painful process to create anything animated it’ s nice to be reminded of the process and people behind it. It doesn’t have to be too much, I don’t want to shove it down peoples’ throats, but just a little bit, enough to perhaps incite a more emotional/personal response.
So often 3d animation can be too clean and sterile, and mistaken for being almost completely generated by some fancy software. I want to make it look like I’ve just cobbled it together out of drawings and stuff. If people ask me how I made my work I don’t want to say “Maya/Max, Mudbox, rendered in blah blah blah”, I want to say “It’s some drawings and other shit I put into a computer”. Or something along those lines…
(Link to article: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-0426-aardman-stop-motion-20120426,0,7022621.story)