Making an animation for our trailer

One of my dreams for the “PolinArts..” was that it would have an animated section.  Last year, I found a very interesting study which I wanted to present using exactly that medium. As I didn’t know any animators-  I decided to do it myself.  I had never done an animation before, so the idea of trying something new was very exciting.

Check my last year’s post: How to make it yourself: hand-made animation

However, after preparing the cut outs and watching endless videos on how much effort goes into animating a minute of a film- I found the prospect daunting enough that I decided to wait till I had somebody to help me.

It took more than six months, but finally, last Monday,  Valeria, Aiste and I took the bull by the horns and within one evening we made the history happen.  Poor Aister, who left home at 7am for work, was exhausted so could only stay till 9pm. Luckily, Valeria was determined to finish it with me and I am so grateful to her. I wouldn’t have done it without her. We put together just one scene, as that how much we needed for trailer, but we learned so much and had loads of fun! There also some frustration, of course, especially when our camera went to sleep and we had to adjust the close up over and over again. Or when our lovely protagonist, held together by blue tag, started falling apart under the hit of our hands and the lamps directed at it.

But it’s all finished now and it looks sooo cool! Take a look at the pictures below.

Background 1 being put up by Valeria and Aiste

Background 1 being put up by Valeria and Aiste

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Testing the floor and background 1

 

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Now, testing a second floor, still with background 1

Finally we decided on a black cardboard floor and light blue background (which was in fact a simple bed sheet- we did say it was a DIY animation, right?)

Finally we decided on a black cardboard floor and light blue background (which was in fact a simple bed sheet- we did say it was a DIY animation, right?)

 

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The actor and his prop are brought in on the set- camera ready?

 

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Valeria and Aiste stayed all evening in good spirits- bless you, girls.

We have time for a little snack, right?

We have time for a little snack, right?

Valeria and her first ever animation- trumpets please!

Action! Valeria and her first ever animation- trumpets please!

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The animation of the little fellow required a lot of real life testing on a wall- how does a body works when you push something heavy; years of training dance and acting came finally to a good use

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There were times that our actor showed true star quality by making problems on the set when the blue tag that hold him together started melting: “Nurse, can we have some more blue tag on the set, please!?”

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Aiste overlooking the set like a professional AD “little bit to the right, girls!”

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Valeria in full concentration- it wasn’t easy you know