Thursday, March 02, 2006

This little piggy went to market

Yesterday our office was full of pink squishy pigs from a company called "PigsBack". Each employee had collected at least 2 in the course of the day and they were being posed and piled in all sorts of positions.

Due to my trip to the NFT yesterday pancakes got delayed till today so I headed straight home after work. On the trip back I got thinking about a quick animation I could make using the pigs and was reminded of the "This little piggy when to market" nursery rhyme.

Following the pancakes, I setup a piece of old carpet in a curve similar to a photography studio to be a grassy hill and my lighting dimmer from the Ratobat project was literally dusted off.
I put my trusty Olympus 5050 (not so trusty now it has a fault with the memory card door) on a tripod and after a quick delve in the manual, I "remembered" how to turn on the remote and get the manual focus working. With some help from my glamorous assistant / narrator, a few hours later a new stop motion animation film was completed.

Watch the Little Pig Film

They say never work with children or animals but these pigs were great fun to animate. However the most tempremental performers in this piece were the peas. Next time I'll coat those peas in honey...

3 comments:

Deloney said...

Hi there Flea. I watched the film and I can see how those peas could be rebellious.

BTW, I've never even heard of "City of Lost Children" but it sounds like something I'd like.

FleaCircusDirector said...

The City of lost Children is a dark French sci-fi about a mad scientist who steals the dreams of children to help cure his insomnia. I watched it in the Little Cinema in Bath many years ago http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112682
The is a spy flea in this film and it stars Ron Perlman.

michael said...

The City Of Lost Children in great. Jeanne Paul Jeunet's other films are wonderful too - Amelie, Delicatessen, A very Long Engagement etc.