Monday, January 09, 2023

Stop motion ... lives :)

Puppets on strings, including Pinocchio, are on an old-fashioned stage while an audience of stop-motion characters watches. Count Volpe, with his hair standing in wings on either side of his head, plays the violin.

Yours truly loves stop motion and the NYTimes piece discussing how 3D printing has changed how this age old tech works is fascinating to the nth degree. As an aside, I've seen all the works discussed in the article and all are top shelf films to the max. Check them out, you will not be disappointed. :)

From its earliest stages of development more than 15 years ago, “Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” was envisioned as a stop-motion production. The director explained, “It was clear to me that the film needed to be done in stop-motion to serve the story about a puppet that lives in a world populated by other puppets who think they are not puppets.”

He also knew that key members of the cast had to be built by the British studio Mackinnon and Saunders. “They are the best in the world,” he said in a recent video interview. “The starring roles of the movie needed to be fabricated by them.” As the producer Lisa Henson put it, “They do things that other puppet builders do not have the patience or the expertise to do.”

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio” is the latest example of the efflorescence of stop-motion animation. For decades, the technique was overshadowed by the more expressive drawn animation and, later, by computer-generated imagery. But new technologies have allowed artists to create vivid performances that rival other media.

Artists and technicians at Mackinnon and Saunders pushed stop-motion technology in an entirely new direction for “Corpse Bride” (2005) by inventing systems of tiny gears that fit inside puppets’ heads. The animators adjusted the gears between frames to create subtle expressions: Victor, the title character’s groom, could raise an eyebrow or lift the edge of his lip in the start of smile. This technique also enlivened “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (2009) and “Frankenweenie” (2012).

"Nuff said" ands ... read the entire article, it's a great way to kill time and learn a little bit. :)

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