Stop-motion puppets

Original characters designed and created for our stop-motion animated rendition of Richard Wagner's classic. All puppets were built and sewn by hand and were made using repurposed textiles.

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THE GIRL VS. THE GHOST

Our story circles around an asthmatic little tuba player and the villainous spirit of 19th century composer Richard Wagner. The puppets (along with the tuba and parts of the ship) were built on two different scales for shooting close and wide shots simultaneously in separate units. 


A WORLD BROUGHT TO LIFE


THE SHIP, THE TUBA, THE CHERUBS, AND THE SEA

While the film starts off in a believable world - an orchestra performing Wagner in a concert hall - it soon detours into a whirlwind of fear and fantasy and finds itself consumed by the sea. When the girl strikes a deal with the devil by signing a contract appearing on her tuba, every prop and stage piece in the theatre's attic comes to life, including the signature ship - the Flying Dutchman.

The line between prop and puppet is blurred as nearly every inanimate object was built to come to life in this scene, and become characters themselves. Here's a look at some of those supporting puppets: the ship, the tuba, the cherub lighting fixtures from the ceiling fresco, the ceiling itself and more.