Stop-Motion Animation Short Film ‘Neomorphus’

21 Apr
2011

Neomorphus, by Animatorio based in Brazil, is the second movie created for the series of free mini-shorts named Praepostere, the first being “Adiantum pedatum” – made with stop-motion technique with the theme of unusual developments in a morbid visionary.

Transformation trough mutations stages. Evolution as a function gain is called neomorphic. Imaginary creatures adapt into an Ecosystem and the transformation of these habitats for these creatures generates a fantastic cycle. The mutation symbolism is part of our experiences in that trajectory, changing places, finding a new spectrum, a new phase, evolving.

Here is the Making of Neomorphus short film…

Implemented in stop-motion, the main idea of this short was based on the various processes of a metamorphosis – the transformation and the reactions it propagates. Thus, the scenario received special treatment, as it moves and reacts according to the characters’ actions. From this point of view, the space also became a character.

THE PROCESS

The greatest difficulty was animating the creatures – each one was made by hand – and because they had insect’s characteristics, they were extremely fragile and required careful handling. The camera also played an important role in the film, since it is its point of view that runs through the scenarios – for this, a “robot” camera photographed each motion scheduled graph.

Once the images were captured, the film received retouching and digital processing. Refinishing is a very important detail on stop-motion as it cleans the scenes digitally frame by frame. In this process, materials used to “hold” the characters in place- such as lines, wires and adhesives – are removed.

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