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:
  1. All the animations are two-dimensional and somewhat inspired by Terry Gilliam, the genius who made the Monty Python cartoons.
  2. 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.
  3. This is from the first video, "The Shallow End" (subtle, I know). The sharpie flood became a motif that repeated in all three shorts.
  4. This is from the third, "Gnaw". "Gnaw" took about three months to produce.
  5. "The Shallow End" I filmed in one marathon weekend immediately after the breakup.
  6. For the third, I expanded the scope to include some light computer effects, but never anything overpowering or distracting.
  7. This is one of my favorite sequences of all time. I don't know why. This is part 1 and...
  8. ...this is part 2. The cowboy in the bubble means a lot to me.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. Check them out on YouTube, if you'd like: https://www.youtube.com/user/chriscady13