Sam Gainsborough’s excellent live action/stop motion short morphs clay faces onto human bodies to tell the story of a man fearing isolation but struggling to socialise or relate to his family. Of the warping rippling mugs of his protagonist and supporting cast (made from 450kg of Plasticine) Gainsborough sez:
He feels that his parents are these emotionless rock-like characters so they’re animated to look like gargoyles. Whereas he sees everyone else in the world as being effortlessly happy so they’re animated fluidly with lots of colour. But at the end of the day the feelings he has are false, what lies underneath that is reality, real people (with painted hands for some reason!).
And here’s how he did it.
A GOBELINS graduation film by Nicholas Olivieri, Shen Yi, Juliana De Lucca, Varun Nair and David Feliu tells the story of a future where everyone is implanted with a device that generates the perfect virtual friend.