Stop-Motion Animation Project #2- “Ring Around the Rosie”

 Film Link:

Ring Around the Rosie Lyrics

“Ring around the rosy
Pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down”

The animator I have chosen to research is Jiri Trnka, who is a Czech puppet-animator, who also did some object animation in his films and is also an illustrator. He was widely known for his puppet works and was referred to as the “Walt Disney of the East”, even when their styles are completely different. Most of his works were meant for adult audiences because some of his themes that he portrays are suggestive to younger audiences.

When he first started his career he went into shadow puppetry and cartooning,  which then turned into full stop motion puppetry later on. When doing this process he creates his own puppets to use in his films. Also using light as an expressive way to show the puppet off. Interestly enough, Jiri was not always involved with the filmmaking rather building the puppets and the scripts for the films.  When designing his puppets he would make their eyes “indefinable” with emotion. Emotion would only show when the lighting changes or a turn of the head. To further this emotion music was made with the piece to accentuate the emotion in the certain scene.

For this project i wanted to use objects to represent people in my piece. For example, the bottles doing “Ring Around the Rosie” are the people singing the rhyme. In Jiri’s work he has a lot of objects present that move and create chaos within his films. Even if he is mainly a puppet animator using objects instead will not change the outcome of the piece. I used different angles and lighting in the film as did Jiri. I believe adapting his lighting style to give emotion is the most important thing to worry about. I believe i did a good job in adapting Jiri’s technique for stop motion, but the hardest part was keeping that patience to finish the film. Staying in one position for awhile makes oneself uneasy.


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