Pine Cone Animation for Stitched

A few weekends ago, the team that made Bulldozer came together for a new stop motion animation project.

Over the summer Bulldozer screened in Houston at the Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Film Festival and even took home third place in the audience choice awards. Second place went to the documentary Short Stitched, directed by Jenalia Moreno. That short was just a three-minute slice of a larger project. Now Jena and her team are working on the one-hour version of their documentary, Stitched, which follows three non-traditional quilters as they try to finish their entries in time for the Houston International Quilt Association Show. After seeing Bulldozer, Jena asked me to contribute an animation to Stitched, whichwill premiere in spring 2011.

I don’t want to give away too much about the clip right now, but it involves transforming a pine cone. A few Saturdays ago, eight of us got together to make a pine cone come to life. After 15 hours of prop-making and shooting, and a few more hours of editing, we finished our 16-second animation. Not a bad way to spend a weekend.

Many thanks to the director of photography Seng Chen, and the friends who showed up to help us make props and sets: Adrienne Aquino, Bernice Yeung, Sadie Contini, Han Wang, Isaac Hill, and Ursula Liang.

Here are a few photos from the shoot.

Adrienne tests out the standing capabilities of some paper people she just made.

A lone pine cone stars in the clip.

Ursula can do great things with ordinary painters tape.

Even pine cones get chilly sometimes and need scarves.

Seng and Isaac set up the next shot.

Pine cone transformed!