The Walk: Stop-Motion Circus Animation
The Walk: Stop-Motion Circus Animation
A mesmerized audience, a confident tightrope performer, and a young boy give life to “The Walk,” an animation about overcoming Fear.
A mesmerized audience, a confident tightrope performer, and a young boy give life to “The Walk,” an animation about overcoming Fear. Read more
About this project
A mesmerized audience, a confident tightrope performer, and a young boy give life to the story of “The Walk.” Gracefully dancing in the moonlight, the tightrope performer has no fear; until he slips on the rope, his fear is externalized as the audience morphs into a sea of elephant creatures. In this moment, the man must choose to overcome his fear or be consumed by it.
I am in the process of creating a 5 and a half minute stop-motion about over coming the emotion of Fear. When creating a stop-motion animation there are many different aspects that make it experimental in nature. My approach is to use mixed media to create my sets, characters, and vast backgrounds. The main characters are carved from wood giving them a folk doll like appearance, their wooden joints held together by wire giving me full control over their movements. The face of the wooden dolls will be drawn on separately allowing me to animate the dolls expressions after I animate the dolls movements. The plan is to animate the doll’s facial movements on paper, then transfer the drawings onto the the dolls face. This will give the illusion of life to the dolls painted facial features giving each expression fluid movements.
In contrast to the ridged wooden dolls the elephant characters are made from clay giving them a more organic shape and allowing them to morph and splash into one another. The outdoor circus set will be made from foam, wood, string and any other found objects to give it a life like quality. Computers will be used not only to capture the animation but also to enhance special effects like fog.
Lighting is a very important component within this film as it is a device to visually represent the mood and feeling of the character’s state-of-mind. In the dream sequence the lighting temperature will be cool, using purple, orange, and blue gels to create an uneasy and dreamlike state. When the main character is awake, the lighting temperature will be warm using red, yellow, and orange gels to create a more naturalistic nighttime circus atmosphere.
Stop-motion animation is a very time-consuming process involving many components and requires a small team of people to complete. It is important to me to work with a team of collaborators to achieve the highest quality of professionalism. I will give each individual artist an opportunity to let their strengths compliment the project in areas where I as the director cannot always capture on my own. I have been working on it for a while and due to lack of funds I have not been able to complete it in the amount of time I had hoped.
As you can see making a stop-motion animation takes a lot of material to create. With your support I'll be able to buy more building supplies, paint, mold making material, clay, as well as rent lighting equipment, and add special effects, like fog to the vast backgrounds. It will also allow me to pay a couple animators to help me animate, build puppets for the audience members, and hand draw faces for the main characters. I appreciate your support of this project!! :)
The story is meant to empower everyone watching and to give them hope where it is needed most. This animation is inspired by a song called, "The Walk" by the band, Hanson. My goal is to present the final film to the band. I was able to present my ideas and concept to them at the start of the project and although they liked it they were unable to commit to something that wasn't closer to completion at the time. Weather or not they want it I am still prepared to get music composed for the film. Thank you for your interest! :)
These are the talented people I've been able to work with on this project so far:
Animator: Holly Thorstad
Animator and Sculptor: Schell Hickel
Animator and Storyboard Artist: Victor Courtright
Filmmaker: Mike P. Nelson
Gaffer: Doug Gander
Illustrator: Sarah Hedlund
Illustrator: Anna Kaiser
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