Brother Thomas Film
Funny story about that caterpillar shot we were so excited about? Turns out to be for the wrong film! 🙂 We got so caught up in making our first shot look convincing that we forgot to consider the role realism would have on the film. Waaaaay too serious!
So back to the drawing board to come up with a more playful, hand-made look for the film. A look that would transport us into a different world and play up the magical qualities of stop-motion. The Ladybug shot seemed like the perfect candidate.
For the fourth shot of the film (the first actual stop-motion shoot) celebrating the details in nature plays a huge part in helping to shape the world Br. Thomas lives in. Dew drops seemed the perfect element to establish scale and that early morning feel . . . which is harder than it might first appear!
So here are some pictures that catalog the caterpillar’s progression “through the lens” of the camera.
Starting with the original storyboard image to paper mock-ups and rough models, right through to the finished puppet.
Building a caterpillar to look directly into the camera lens is tricky business.
This is also the first stop-mo shot we’ll be producing and the forth to show up in the film. What happens in this shot sets the tone for the rest of the film.
Over the past few weeks Katy Seymour and I have been working in front of the camera with plastic plants, paper cut-outs, and a variety of materials to pull off the feel of macro photography.
The film opens with a handful of super close-up nature shots to give a heightened sense of detail, making us feel like everything is magnified x10.
Read about Katy below and pick up more on our process by clicking on the production images. Read more…