In the absence of any proper digital training and animation know how, I’ve gravitated towards a stop motion approach. Something that allows me to combine film making with illustration, meaning I have complete control of the visual look of the film.
I wrote the script, compiled a (large) list of everything I needed to draw, draw it all. Then myself and some committed wonderful friends came together for the shoot, a little different from my your regular film shoots. A few lights and a camera on a tripod, and a day spent moving all the cut out drawings around a page and taking hundreds of photos.
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 is a chance to collaborate with talented friends.
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.
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