Hansel & Gretel Stop Motion Animation

Winner of an Applied Arts Student Award, 2016

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Cover of Applied arts mag, Nov 2016

T his is my final assignment for Motion Graphics I at Algonquin College, and the winner of an Applied Arts Student award, to be published in November 2016. The assignment was to create a tactile video. I chose to do a Hansel and Gretel television show style opener. I thought that it would be interesting to do it from perspective of the witch, who is preparing wicked treats for children who might come along. I was lucky enough to be given the use of a friend's farmhouse in Spencerville, Ontario where they had just butchered a pig a few days prior. They kept the pigs head for me, so yes, that is a real pig's head. The farm is small, and organic, and the home is made of straw, which gave the ambience that I was looking for in a location. The video is intended to look disjointed and somewhat off. The frames are cut in a way that leads the viewer's eye from place to place.

I was inspired to use this dark style after doing a hand lettering project early in the semester where the objective was to make handmade type for one of the Grimms Fairytales . I chose the macabre story, The Robber Bridegroom which everyone who is into terrifying children's stories should read. The story is about cannibals and strange birds and child brides, so maybe not at bedtime or for actual children. The lettering was done in meat and the other unsavory bits such as the pig tongue and skin were provided by the same friends on the same farm the film was shot on. if you click on the photo, you will see my real engagement ring on a pig's tail looking like a finger.

I enjoyed doing this tactile project, and wanted to explore the idea further, so when it came time to create a tactile stop motion project, I knew I wanted to revisit this theme. What is more tactile than moving meat and candy letters? I was lucky in that my friends had just two days earlier butchered a pig for their personal use and still had the head in their freezer. While terribly unsettling, it made a great creepy backdrop for my cannibal witch cottage theme, and was a happy edition. Bitey has now been immortalized in digital media.

The animals used in film this were raised humanely in clean, healthy conditions on a very small local farm, and butchered for use of the family. No animals were harmed for the purpose of making this film.

Music: Eivør Pálsdóttir

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