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5BethA5 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
@01:52amazing shot really establishes a feeling in the viewer without words
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5BethA5 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
@01:06beautiful and very detail oriented set!
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lolnyny Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
@07:28This is soo sad! :( Beautiful!
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firstfallenangelever Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@04:18i can only imagine you as spencer from icarly when he was doing his stop motion project! the one time my mom checked on me to see what i was watching and she died when she saw them pick up his character which he was tryign to shoot and he like fell on the floor crying because had to start over and he was making it for like 16 hours straight already
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JohnRyder666 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
@07:56You're welcome :)
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XEPICTACOSx Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
@05:09I think i'm gonna cry, this is such a sad yet sweet piece!
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blazethecat117 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
@02:14Woah
WTF
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utriv Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
@00:22Cool!
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
@03:54Thankyou so much :)
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balluxnicocelli Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
@01:48This is so beautiful :heart:
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LCextrordinaire Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@04:59The amount to think that the creator had to make for this shot alone amazes me. Truly, they have patients.
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therealdboy Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
@01:24great shot
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Graduation Film - Stop Motion Puppet Animation - Solo Project

Animation, Production, Set Design, Puppet Fabrication, Lighting, Audio Recording and Editing: Michelle Williamson

Music: Elijah Bossenbroek ([link])

Year of Completion: 2011

Duration of Artwork creation: 6 months


‘The Presence in the Absence’ is a stop-motion animated short film influenced by having seen the effects that loss and grieving can have on people. In particular the loneliness that can be experienced after having lost someone close to you. Drawing from personal experiences and experiences of close family members, the film positions the viewer into the life of an old man, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. Struggling with the melancholy and loneliness that her absence leaves behind and in an attempt to rid his life of grief and pain, he begins physically filling the empty spaces with anything and everything he can. The film seeks to draw attention to the many people, especially of the older generation, whom live in similar situations. Many of which feel closed off from the world, even in today’s society where technology has allowed for greater expansions in methods of communication. A miniature home created specifically for the 15cm wire, brass, foam and silicon puppet , hand crafted by the artist, acts as a stage for which the story is brought to life. Woven together through a frame by frame process of animation is the tale of one man’s emotional journey.


For more of my work please visit: michelle-jane-williamson.com


EDIT: A huge thank you to *MissDudette for the suggestion, so very appreciated and to ^ditto9 for the feature!

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to watch and to comment, your feedback and response is very greatly appreciated :)


Here are a few extra details about the making of the film if you are interested...

- Around 50% of the furniture/objects etc within the set were hand crafted by me. The other 50% were objects I have collected over the first few months of the film from various dolls house stores, considering the time frame i couldn't make it all myself.

- Puppets are crafted by me from silicon, wire, brass tubing, foam, super sculpey oven bake clay and fabric.

- The whole film was created within my own bedroom at home.

- Full permission has been given by the artist Elijah Bossenbroek to use his amazing music in this film.
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The Presence in the Absence by ~meeshel99 is a very emotional stop motion film with some beautiful shots and amazing lighting! ( Suggested by MissDudette and Featured by ditto9 )
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Salamanda-Plaganda Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
i love it!
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5BethA5 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
@01:52amazing shot really establishes a feeling in the viewer without words
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:icon5betha5:
5BethA5 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
@01:06beautiful and very detail oriented set!
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firstfallenangelever Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a great insight into the human mind as it intertwines with hoarding
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lolnyny Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
@07:28This is soo sad! :( Beautiful!
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SenoSesa Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have nothing to say, this was truly beautiful!!!
Nothing was said but words flood my body.
It was life giving!
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
:) Thankyou
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HeyCicada Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist
i guess people fnid different ways to fill their voids.
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MetroidsMakeGoodPets Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very sad, but I can easily see myself feeling that way, or worse, if anything happened to my gf. This is a great stop animation film! Keep up the good work!
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firstfallenangelever Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
@04:18i can only imagine you as spencer from icarly when he was doing his stop motion project! the one time my mom checked on me to see what i was watching and she died when she saw them pick up his character which he was tryign to shoot and he like fell on the floor crying because had to start over and he was making it for like 16 hours straight already
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beautiful and sad too, very touching and well done , a great sculptor too and the lighting and everything is awesome.
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thankyou so much :)
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L-Diu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
I want to cry... So beautifuuuul! :')
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Filmographer
thankyou :)
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chat2ashley Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
This was beautifully done.

Now one of my favorites.

I have just moved into a place who's previous owner was a 90 year old man who lost his wife 2 years ago. I met with him a few times and, although he did not collect things, i could feel the sadness and emptiness he felt.
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thankyou :)
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JohnRyder666 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
@07:56This is a wonderful film. It really shows just how empty you can feel after the loss of someone. The stop-frame technique was used brilliantly, and the music was suberb too, so nice choice there.
I wondered though, how long did it take you to create something this detailed?

I'm really glad I decided to look at past DDs. This was beautiful - very well done :)
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Filmographer
@07:56Thankyou so much :) It took 6 months in total for this animation from concept planning to fabrication to post production.
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JohnRyder666 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
@07:56Blimey! That must've taken a tonne load of patience :) Nicely done
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
@07:56It sure did, and thanks :)
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JohnRyder666 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
@07:56You're welcome :)
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AnnaMay321 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
@07:37Aww that was sad... His wife died...so he started hoarding because he was sad?? Poor old man :iconsadplz:
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zArtandDesign Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh wow! ummmm... i really don't know what to say. The mixture of feelings.
...... okay wow. again.
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Colecanth Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. This is such an poignant film. It had me in tears by the end, as well as my mom and my brother who came to see what all the fuss was about. And the detail you put into the setting was just amazing!
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thankyou:)
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gatorgirl2187 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Artist
This is such a beautifully done video.
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thanks:)
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Frostie-Spirits Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is beautiful!
I think it's truly well put together and very sweet. Well done, and congratulations on the DD.
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thankyou :)
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starrydynamo Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
I can actually feel my heart breaking. This is one of the most heart-wrenching, life-like pieces I have ever seen. You did an exquisite job portraying the emotions and devastation of loss. Beautiful, beautiful work.
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thankyou so much, I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
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five11a Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
That really touched my heart. Thank you so much for sharing this. You're very talented.
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:iconmeeshel99:
meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thankyou :)
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kirbynat Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That was beautiful.
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SalemTheCat23 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is simply breath taking. Simply magnificent. Wonderful, wonderful work!
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thankyou :)
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Bittythings Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012   General Artist
You've probably already been told many times over how beautiful all your craftsmanship is here- all those tiny details, each tiny piece, how lived in and alive and real it looks, how true to life the lighting seems, following the waning and dawning of the sun. The murky, dank feeling of the home, a home of remembering and lonlienss, so full of those emotions it feels like it must be heavy with dust, despite being so clean and well kept.

I didn't read the description when I first watched it- I just clicked play. When he started bringing home things from the bin, I could not figure out quite why. Had he thrown them out earlier and I missed it- recollecting things he decided that no, he was not ready to give away yet? Then I worried for his hoarding, that he'd be buried, or isolated, or become trapped. Then it dawned on me what he was doing- blocking a clear view of everyplace that she wasn't. So he didn't have to change her things, her spots, but so that he wouldn't have to state at them anymore, and remember quite so keenly, or at least pretend to himself not to.

I cried then. That's heartbreaking, and you're right, it does still happen, despite the far reach of technology we have now.
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thakyou for your response, It's great to hear the film can speak for itself without the need of a description :)
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jomog369 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Bravo, georgeous. I don't even know to say. Captures emotion effortlesly.
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thankyou so much! :)
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jomog369 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
you're more than welcome. keep up the marvelous work!
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Vodalok Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
breath taking, heart breaking.
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extreme810 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
This is quite an amazing piece! Unfortunatley I had to watch it oon Youtube for whatever reason Deviantart wasn't working XD I myself have began getting into stop-motion, so this is a huge inspiration!
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meeshel99 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
Stick with it, it's the most beautiful and limitless artform in my opinion. It may be time consuming and frustrating at times but it's always worthwhile in the end. Thankyou for your comment :)
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extreme810 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Yup! Any time! And I will definatley do that!
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TiamatHeart Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Remarkable:clap:
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SpearHawk Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Aww, so sad! :(
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Retizent Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!

We accumulate when what we really want can't be held. :tears:

... that's me when I get old. lol :XD:
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Chocolate-kitten5 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
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anirbas47 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
tears of admiration.. this was absolutely beautiful amazingly fantastic i love it!
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