Our new stop-motion animated film is near completion…!
It features the wonderful and diverse Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, some strange animated creatures, our one year old and some techno music.
The film covers five beaches and also some zooming around the Universe. Here is a sneak preview of some highlights from the introduction and first beach.
How we made the film:
In the summer of 2018, my girlfriend and I set aside 3 months to make a film with our 1 yr old. We lived in a caravan atop the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast and wandered the beaches looking for inspiration.
It wasn’t long before we settled on a film about the environment. Sometimes we found disturbing amounts of rubbish washed up, especially away from the tourist sites.
We then let our imaginations run wild and constructed a narrative with all sorts of fantastical creatures, which of course, would be animated using the beach rubbish!
Mirabel – our 1 yr old – was afraid of the waves at first, but after a few days she got used to them, and loved throwing pebbles into the sea. This you will see often in the film!
We utilised her natural inquisitiveness, and captured her with still photography, which we could then easily paste into the animation. For deciding on the exact locations, we let Mirabel run about on the pebbles, sand, rocks and into the water – she lead us to many of the places we used for the animated sequences. Filming the video sections were also a little problematic, there is no controlling a little toddler. So we just had to be patient. Sometimes though we were rewarded by her spontaneously taping a rock with a stick, or throwing a shell into a rock pool, which for us, created an extra special moment of magic.
During the whole process of film making, the most important thing we had reminded ourselves of, was that we were sharing the discovery of the beach with our little one, and to enjoy all the fun that goes with that.
Living in the caravan.
Making a few final adjustments.
Creating stop-motion animation on the beach.
Collected beach rubbish for the film, which we later recycled.