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.
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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.