Tuesday, February 05, 2008

link: Tutli Putli

More of that Canadian brand of madness courtesy of the CFB.

What strikes me in particular about Tutli Putli
- aside from the stunningly detailed stop motion work - is the attempt to realize a novel approach in emotive connection with puppeteering.
Jason Walker has developed an integrative technique which blends human eyes with the puppets through post compositing. The effect isn't nearly as creepy or off-putting as one might think from the description. Aside from a matter of scale, the eyes are remarkably unobtrusive. I'd been concerned that they would stand out so much relative to the props, both in character and movement, but a great deal of pre-production work has been put into striking that right balance.

A description of the process can be found here and here.

A discussion from a great indie-animation blog, hydrocephalic bunny, can be found here.

Film site

Description:

Madame Tutli-Putli boards the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past.

She travels alone, facing both the kindness and menace of strangers. As day descends into dark, she finds herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure. Adrift between real and imagined worlds, Madame Tutli-Putli confronts her demons and is drawn into an undertow of mystery and suspense.

1 comment:

Amy said...

Looks amazing.
And you're right--the eyes weren't nearly as creepy or obtrusive as I thought they would be (I shuddered when I first read about that), even when I was focusing directly on them.
That got me thinking--what it would be like to be "eye-model" for animation!
Seriously tempted to get the DVD.