A Look at the Animation Process Behind the Stop-Motion Film Anomalisa

High-tech cameras and lighting, devoted crew members, intricate set props are among the several necessities emphasized by stop-motion animators. One vital piece of equipment they often leave out of this package of suggestions is patience. Filmmakers will often spend weeks if not months working with the same props to craft one single scene, that’s because every movement in a stop motion film, down to the simplest hand gestures, is hand molded. For every 2 seconds of footage, in a relatively high-end stop motion film set, there are anywhere from 40-60 frames that need to be filled for the moving image to look smooth. This mean 40-60 individual photographs where the props are moved ever so slightly as to translate, on screen, as fluid motion. You can imagine the time commitment needed to complete such a feat.

The 7 Month Process of Making of a Stop Motion Film: “The Sea is Blue”

Vincent Peone, originally from the team that started College Humor, came up with the idea for this stop motion short when his sister was in a coma. It’s unusual for him, since he came from a lot of comedy, and the tone of this particular short was very different. He wanted to make something evocative, took its time, and got people thinking. He found himself wondering what his sister was up to when she was in that coma. The film he wanted to make was about appreciating someone when you brush with losing them.