Wunderkammer is a 2D stop-motion animated film shot under camera using unarmatured, replacement paper cutouts. This traditional animation medium is time-consuming and laborious, involving hundreds of individual drawings that are drawn on paper with a peg-bar, scanned, printed, hand-coloured and cutout. These cutouts are swapped in frame-to-frame to create smooth, complex movements not possible with articulated paper puppets. The resulting film has all the hand-drawn charm and personality of traditional cel animation, plus the lovely textures and materiality of stop-motion.
Could I make my films quicker with digital animation? You betcha. Would they possess the same idiosyncratic, hand-drawn look and feel? No, they would not. Are these traditional animation techniques worth preserving through usage in indie animation? Yes, indeed.
Release date: Fall 2018.
Madelaine’s cabinet of curiosities contained a collection of wonders to both delight and horrify. One day, a mysterious item in her cabinet captures her attention. A darkly-tinged fantasy that explores the erotic-grotesque.
Do you prefer your indie animation with a dash of the strange, surreal, grotesque yet compellingly erotic? Add a mysterious “cabinet of curiosities”, plus a touch of Edwardian charm, and that’s the short film I’ve made with Wunderkammer.
*A wunderkammer, also known as a “cabinet of curiosities” in English, is a place in which a collection of curiosities and rarities is exhibited. These were proto-museums, and were often found in the homes of wealthy, educated individuals who wished to demonstrate to their peers an interest and knowledge of science, etc. Wet specimens (like the octopus in the jar) and shrunken heads (called tsantsa) were popular set pieces in such cabinets.