I have always loved stop-motion animation, I think the way that the style bridges the gap between artistic skill and story telling. There are two examples that I have seen recently that I feel I need to reference due to the excitement that they made me feel. I am going to be working in paint medium this year but it might be interesting to look at documenting a painting and create an abstract narrative in a stop motion style. Realistically though I am referencing these films because of the physical response I had from watching them, it was a very emotionally stimulating experience.
Kubo and the Two Strings:
I heard one person describe the narrative as predictable but charming, and I wouldn’t disagree, once the story starts moving it is easy to guess what might happen. It has a very fairy tale feel that is easy to follow, but what really grabs the attention is the style of the film that maintains focus through well-made character models and fleshed out sets and extras. This has actually become the first movie that I would call my favorite movies.
Keaton Henson – Small Hands
Working with director Joseph Mann and puppeteers Jonny Sabbagh and Will Harper, Keaton Henson’s lyrical story is brought into a visually narrated world. The movements of the puppets are so well thought out and semi-realistic that it pulls at the heart strings. Without making the story grotesque is subtly explores the feelings of loss, loneliness and the thin line between life and death.