“Chase Me”, a short animated film of a ukelele-playing girl chased through a dark forest by the monster that emerges from her own shadow, will debut at the 2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival and selected for the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival.
Created by French digital artist Gilles-Alexandre Deschaud over the course of two years, the stop-motion film required 80 liters of resin, 2,500 3-D prints, and over 6,000 hours of non-stop print time. While others have created 3D printed animations, this will be the first that could be considered a short film.
Every frame of the film was first designed by the artist in CG, before being processed into 3D prints. The mise-en-scene was then recreated through stop-motion animation (15 frames per second) to produce the film’s final result.
“Traditionally, stop-motion animation is sort of like slow-motion puppetry. An animator will take a figure, often made of clay and a wire, and move it just a little bit every frame, giving the appearance of movement when the film is played at 24 frames per second. It’s laborious, time-consuming work, but compared to Deschaud’s work, it’s a walk in the park”, writes Fast Company.
“Chase Me is a story about embracing your fears, and turning them, instead, into something beautiful,” says Gilles-Alexandre.