hello everyone,

My name's Matthieu and I've been working on a stop-motion short film for my graduation at EMCA (France).
I wanted to share some pictures of it with you.
It is called The Dinner and by the end of September, it will be finished. It's talking about slavery in relationships through well, kind of cannibalism. (but softer)

Puppets are > 10.5 inches and in wood so it was a bit difficult to handle as they were a bit heavy. But hey, who doesn't need to learn how to use a rig?

i hope you will soon have an access to it so i can have some feedback ^^
Also, I'm looking for work now, anywhere anytime, i'm ready to travel \o_

Se ya!
Matthieu

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I really love the look of this! The faces look to be very expressive. Are you using clay for eyelids?

  The clothing looks very well done. I know from personal experience how time-consuming it is to make clothing for such small figures.

  The whole thing looks really well-done from the pictures. Animating it on 1s? (24fps) or 2s (12fps?)

  The flickering lighting in the last image: is that lightning or a failing interior light?

Thanks for sharing.

Hey Thank you !

Indeed, I've used clay for the eyelids and eyebrows (so the wood can looks a bit more expressive)



About clothing the main problem, i think as usual, was the fact they could not really wear them properly without loosing their big hands and making the arm fall (the links are made with twisted wire).. and i had to cut in it so i could put a rig. heartbreaking.

It is all in 2, I did not have the opportunity the possibility to do it 24 fps (question of time), but 2 is enough and I kind of like the way it looks with this frame rate too!

And for the flickering, she just has turn the light on on the previous shot, and as the couple have a low cost kitchen they have low cost néons.. so a bit of flickering !





Geoff Clark said:

I really love the look of this! The faces look to be very expressive. Are you using clay for eyelids? [...]

 

Thanks for answering those questions. I'm using ball and sockets. Clothing on my characters definitely interferes with the armature as well, Especially when I adjust the joints to be loose on the arms. The cloth can bind and force the arms down. 

When I ever design clothing again, I'd love to put in hidden slots for a screwdriver or wrench to adjust tightness on the adjustment points. 

Be sure to share the finished film when it's done. 

Cheers.

Really love the character/set design,can't wait to see it all finished! 

Will you be sending it to festivals once its done? 

I hope so! If it worth it (you know the feeling about working on a short for too long and thinking it is a big mess)

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