Back on track! (early history)
Well, basically we started this project in the beginning of 2010. Long time ago! It was just an idea Alex and I had to make a movie (in stop motion) with our cuddly toy … yes. Alex then started to build this kind of sport’s car for Pinou (one of the actors) without really knowing how much time it was gonna take. Off course we wrote the story before starting but this is for another post.
The project was born.
We quickly realized that we were gonna need a lot more space to build the sets at this scale! That’s why we sacrificed our living room and turned it into a home studio/workshop that we modify as we build new sets.
Since 2010 then, we never stopped making sets, costumes and accessories for the film during our spare time ( mostly weekends and evenings) and today we have shot i’d say 1/3 of the movie (which should be approximatively 6-7 minutes). No, it’s not a professional work, we learn by doing and it takes us so much time because we still have to work beside this to pay the rent etc.
For the process, we try to storyboard most of the shots. Actually we draw only very basic vignettes to be sure it’s gonna stick for the editing (which is kinda shot and edited at a few frames close). Absolutely EVERYTHING is build from scratch (except the bare protagonists cuddly toys who are survivors of Alex’s childhood) with paper, cardboards, tape, glue, paint, wood, foam, old wears… and a LOT ( i mean a lot) of patience!
For technical stuffs, this is a mix of stop motion technique (a.k.a. one frame at the time) with video shot on a CANON EOS 7D. We want to banish the computer effects as much as we can but still use it for a few keyed stuffs… We also built a DIY millimetered travelling system, bought some cheap lights from a big store very well known…and a few gels and diffusion.
Alex is now working full time on the film and we hope to finish it for fall.
I will soon post more pics of behind the scenes and some short clips too 🙂
thanks for reading!