HEARTBREAK, FRAME BY FRAME
A few years ago I went through a pretty nasty breakup with my longtime girlfriend. To work through some feelings that were sucking the life out of me, I decided to direct this dark energy into stop-motion animation. Over 2-3 years, I ended up with a trilogy of animations that track my recovery. Here are some of my favorite scenes:
- •All the animations are two-dimensional and somewhat inspired by Terry Gilliam, the genius who made the Monty Python cartoons.
- •Over the years my technique has significantly improved and expanded to incorporate a number of materials, the most important being transparency film. Transparency film made it possible to animate these wings with a permanent marker.
- •This is from the first video, "The Shallow End" (subtle, I know). The sharpie flood became a motif that repeated in all three shorts.
- •This is from the third, "Gnaw". "Gnaw" took about three months to produce.
- •"The Shallow End" I filmed in one marathon weekend immediately after the breakup.
- •For the third, I expanded the scope to include some light computer effects, but never anything overpowering or distracting.
- •This is one of my favorite sequences of all time. I don't know why. This is part 1 and...
- •...this is part 2. The cowboy in the bubble means a lot to me.
- •I think the reason animating helped me so much is because it really forces you to problem-solve in order to bring your vision to life, and what is recovering from a breakup if not solving an emotional difficulty in your life?
- •Because of the sheer hours and energy involved in making these, they're probably the videos I'm most proud of. And they very much saved my life when I was in an extremely dark place.
- •Check them out on YouTube, if you'd like: https://www.youtube.com/user/chriscady13