Arctic Light festival opening


A new opening film for Arctic Light Film Festival, that’s what I have been working on in the evenings and nights for the last couple of weeks. From the start, I had the idéa to make a short stop-motion animation of a character reacting to different films in a movie theater. I didn’t know what the character should look like, but I knew the scale and started by building a tiny movie theater, or at least seats for a tiny movie theater.

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Tha character for the film

Then it was time to come up with the character for the film. After many nights sketching I finally settled on a character.As you can see, I had a hard time deciding on the placement of ears or it he was going to have a hairstyle or horns instead.

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When I had a look I started building. At first, I tried to make his head of aluminum foil, but it became much to heavy. Instead, I carved an old foam egg I had lying around to the approximate shape of his head. The rest of the armature I made with aluminum wire, moldable cement, and foam. Then I made some clothes and a pair of shoes. The shoes are never visible in the film, or in the poster, though…

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in the image above he got to borrow a mouth from another character. His own mouth I made from Fimo clay. I made enough moths to make every possible expression I would need in the animation.

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Then I also made some props. Pop corn and a soda.

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In the studio

I rigged everything in my tiny studio. the lighting was made with clamp spots from Clas Ohlsson that I taped paper rolls and attached filters to. Not a really recommendable solution, but it’s cheaper than real spots.

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I animated the film over three nights. editing the material as I went to spot if I had to animate some scene again (wich I luckily did not).

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The completed film is available on Arctic Light Film Festival’s facebook, or on the outdoor  screens in central Kiruna until the festival starts.

Årets animering har anlänt och oj oj oj vad vi gillar!

O M G! Årets vinjettfilm är alldeles, alldeles underbar! 😍

Opslået af Arctic Light Filmfestival på 1. november 2016