Chump, 2013

Chump_promoChump was the third piece of animated short film I made. A childhood spent drawing relentlessly left me with a desire to make animation. One day, I would say, I’m going to make my pictures move.

And in the absence of proper digital training and animation know how, one day I just went feck it, lets give it a go.

First with an animated music video, then a short film, and then another. I chose the style of stop motion animation, as it appealed to a technically challenged person like myself. It is a lot of work, yes, but there was a logic to it. Write the script, compile a (large) list of everything I needed to draw, draw it all. Then myself and some committed wonderful friends would set about creating a production shoot, with a few lights and a camera on a tripod, and spend the day moving all the drawings (cut out) across the page. From there the post production begins, editing together several hundred photos, and designing the audio component of the film.

So yes, a fair bit of work, but worth it. I love the whole process of film making, its a different kind of experience to my previous mediums of making pieces of theater, or paintings for an exhibition. And my wonderful friends make it possible by donating their time and skills to make it happen. Just brilliant.


So, Chump, the latest piece. A break down on the story:


The tale of one mans war on small change.

Our hero is an ordinary bloke going about his day to day; drinking coffee, going to work, jerking off. This is not a tale of epic proportions, or wild adventure, but an average guy, dealing with traffic and crowds, and getting infuriated, arguably quite rationally, by five-cent coins.

Chump was shot as a stop motion animated film.


Watch Chump.

Directed and animated by Sophie Stone

Sound engineering Ant Tiernan

Post production supervisor Lucas Vazquez

D.O.P Jess Polaschek

Production crew Annabel Jenkins and Renee Nadin


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