For our stop motion assignment, Nico and I were inspired by a few of Nico’s toys, including a pair of elephants, toy cars, a soccer ball, and penny. The elephants reminded of us of Ionesco’s absurdist play, “Rhinoceros” and we decided to roll with the randomness of these objects to create tension between the elephants and their surroundings.
We used Dragonframe to shoot 2 frames at a time and used a green cloth as their set and chose a colorful sky to comp in as the background to match the surreal, whimsical feeling we were going for. Because our process was entirely about playing and having fun, the story came to life as we improvised with the objects. We took a few risks, including the pink string at the end, which was hard to control frame by frame, but to our pleasant surprise, we thought it turned out great! The toy vehicles also made a great deal of noise, so we got a zoom recorder and recorded them for sound effects and found a track inspired by elephants on freesound.org.
Overall we had the best time working on this, and it was really cool to experience the process of having to wait to see the final product develop at the end. In a way, it felt like we had a ton of control frame by frame but also a total lack of control in the overall outcome, as this was our first try and we couldn’t quite anticipate how it would all turn out.
Here’s our film below: