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  • July1st

    So many things have happened since February last blog, in terms of production team and animation. Let’s talk about the team first. There has been some major restructuring and rejuggling of roles. This is just a diplomatic and pseudo-English way to say.”People have dropped out!!! Aaarghhh”. Okay, let’s not panic nor scare the readers.
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  • February20th

    Philip, Margherita and Colin

    At this stage of the puppet making we’re concentrating on getting the shape of each of the puppets right. The main factors to take into consideration are the general volume of each character and their flexibility to animate.

    After adding the first rough layer of foam, we started to shave the memory foam off in some areas – around the joints, for instance – to facilitate moving the limbs.

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  • February7th

    Director Elena Saorin explains the themes of DOLLS…

    Margherita dollIt’s about life. Isn’t everything about life, considering that everything is pervaded by it? And how vague and pompously shallow is this statement? Ok I’ll put more effort in to this… if it’s about life, it must be about death. The two go together, hand in hand, in a macabre game of hide and seek (where we are always found). If it’s about death, it must be about growing up I guess. Whatever that means… approaching the final hour, finding enlightenment,  lightness of being (unbearable, someone would say)… suffering… yeah, growing up is about suffering mostly. That’s what you remember the most anyway. Then, love must come in to the equation… an overused and overloaded word, almost meaningless by now… but not for my Doll.

    In true romantic tradition (in terms of romantic literature), the DOLLS fantastical story came out of the broken subconscious of a lonely soul in search for something. What’s that something? It’s not for me to decide. It’s not just my story now. It escaped my grip long ago.

    It feels forced now to work out “DOLLS themes”. I wasn’t thinking about them when I spewed it out a few years back. It’s just a story – a story about a character who meets other characters in a place that doesn’t really exists. Aren’t most films, books, tales just like that? What would make it different and special is… you. You and your tale. Your “themes” reflected on Doll’s story. Make it yours. It is yours… enjoy it as you would enjoy life, death, growing up, crying and loving.

  • January14th

    Plastercast hands

    Following on from our first animation diary last week, in this entry we cover creating the plastercast replicas of our lead human character for use in the stop-motion animation scenes.

    For the first scene of the film we needed to replicate Doll’s arms and hands, which are placed on the arm rest of the chair she’s sitting on whilst the teddies are sitting on Doll’s lap.

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  • January7th

    Colin armature complete

    Three of the main characters in “Dolls” are a trio of adorable stop-motion animated teddies called Colin (a horse), Philip (a teddy bear) and Margherita (a ragdoll).

    To make the teddies, our sponsors Animation Toolkit kindly donated 3 of their newly redeveloped Pro Armature Kits, developed by Ray Harryhausen. These armatures will become the skeletons of the puppets.

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  • January6th

    News has been a bit quiet from Dolls HQ recently, but this doesn’t mean that we haven’t been busy!

    We’ve been beavering away preparing for the animation shoot, and to prove it we’re going to be posting some diary entries from our animator Louisa.

    Her first two diary entries are going to provide tutorials for building stop-motion puppet armatures and casting plaster models of human features. We’ll be posting the first entry tomorrow morning, and the second one is going to follow a week later. We’ll also be posting more coverage of the puppet-making and animation process as we go along!

    We hope you enjoy them!

  • November10th

    Two very talented new crew members have just joined the production.

    Jonathan Brooks is creative director of United Magic Film Studios, specialists in creative online video content. He’s best known for directing and producing the short kitesurfing documentary “The Man That Touched The Sky”.

    Eva Sigurdardottir is a producer and script editor originally from Iceland. She studied Television Production at the University of Westminster, graduating with a first class honours in 2008. Since graduating she’s worked on a number of shorts and feature films, television and online productions, and has travelled the world self-shooting a documentary. For the past few years she worked for BBC Children’s specializing in animation, acquisitions and drama.

    Visit the Crew page to find out more about the rest of our lovely team.

  • November7th

    We now have all the on-set photos taken by our editor Jay Moy up on Flickr.

    In real life, Jay is a photographer and videographer for the Brighton-based company Unitone Productions. He was kind enough to spend some time with us during the shoot to take some fantastic production stills. See below for a taster, then be sure to head on over to Flickr to check out the full set.

    Dolls shoot - Cobbled street

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  • October22nd

    Elena will be at the Rock Inn this Saturday for Frighten Brighton. Our friend Scare Sarah has organised the horror-themed event, which will feature a macabre market, book signings and screenings of cult classics The Gore Gore Girls and Re-animator.

    Entry to the market is free, and tickets for the horror double bill are only £6 and are available here.

    Our own Victoriana Extravaganza will be at held at the Rock Inn on Saturday 24th March.

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  • October8th

    Film Show & Tell

    Elena, Will, Rebecca and Eva at Film Show & Tell

    September was Brighton Digital Festival month here in our lovely home city, and on Thursday 27th September we were really proud to take part in Film Show & Tell, an event organised by Rebecca Watkin, supported by local digital organisation Wired Sussex and hosted by Lighthouse, a leading digital culture agency.

    Film Show & Tell featured presentations from three local filmmakers, who screened their films and talked about the processes of making them. The screenings were followed up by a lively Q&A where members of the audience had the opportunity to delve into the filmmakers’ working methods and practices.

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