Good Dog is a short Stop-Motion Thriller i produced during the last months with two collueges at the university of applied sciences mainz, germany. It´s my first Stop-Motion-Animation, but I hope I can do several more, cause I really love the work. Enjoy!
My first decent animation after college! I made it in 2005 and it placed in the top ten for Nickelodeon's animation festival! It's also shown in various other film festivals around the world. A lot of fuss over some silly little monsters! I had a lot of fun with it. Hope you enjoy it!
'Grotesqueness may appear in anything which is found to be in sufficient grave conflict with accepted standards to arouse emotion'. -- (Clayborough, Arthur. The Grotesque in English Literature)
'The basis of mankind's existence rests on his creating stability out of an otherwise chaotic world.'- (The Fear of Change in the 19th-Century Grotesque)
The basis of my work is to disrupt that stability, bringing people out of their comfort zone and planting them rudely back in the face of chaos and uncertainty, and my latest piece of work is centered on theories of abjection and the uncanny. My approach to making is heavily influenced by works such as: 'Street of Crocodiles' by The Brothers Quay, 'Love and Redemption' by Joel-Peter Witkin, and 'Body Fluids' by Andres Serrano.
My installation strives to evoke ambivalent emotions in the viewer by juxtaposing familiar elements with conflicting surroundings. Traditionally the teddy bear has always been associated with childhood, providing comfort and a sense of security through its unthreatening and cuddly, furry surface. In my work the teddy bears' attempt at life is disrupted; the stop motion animation makes their movements jerky and disjointed. Through their uncanny movements, they act out strange and nightmarish scenarios detaching them from their typical associations. The result is an unsettling, yet strangely captivating experience.
Since its original submission for my course assessment the film has evolved significantly into something which I hope can be considered no longer just a student film, but something that is festival ready.
Pre production took 5 months, shooting was over 3 days, and post production took 18 months.
Most of the cast and crew donated their time to the project and have done an amazing job.
I am happy to answer any question in regards to the production, but in the meantime, please enjoy the film!
Camera Used: Panasonic P2 HVX-200 @ 720P Editing Suite: Final Cut Pro (colour grading in Premiere Pro CS3) Animated credits sequences: Adobe After Effects Audio Mixing: Cubase SX3