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Vicky explains pixilation

Pixilation involves animating live actors. Watch animation director Vicky Mather explain the process.

Vicky Mather’s graduation film, Stanley Pickle, is this week’s featured animation.

Vicky talks us through the process of making the film and the technique itself. Again the process highlights the importance of planning and the wide range of jobs involved in making an animation.

Stanley Pickle involved both life size sets and exterior locations, as well as miniatures. The technique also involves actors working in a very different style.

Pixilation is effectively a stop motion technique where live actors become the frame-by-frame subject in an animation, by repeatedly posing while a shot is taken and changing pose slightly before the shot. The actor becomes a kind of live stop motion puppet. It is a technique which produces strange, distorted human movement.

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