Check out this really amazing and enlightening “Making of” video for Canal Plus intro.
What really struck me about all this was the meticulous process (and it’s earnest quality–more about that later). The entire storyboard for what is a stopmotion video was created in some kind of 3d program. Then, almost every component and effect that appears was crafted in real life. Even the glowing stripes around the TV that’s on screen for less than 2 seconds were created using UV paint.
About the earnestness. I really appreciate how the filmmakers embraced the physicality of real things in this video by not going the CGI route (even when it would be extremely convenient). Don’t get me wrong–I love CGI–just today Albert and I were slobbering over all the nifty things you can do in AE that Sekahng was showing us. But. There is something magical about real objects in real space that were crafted by a team of people. Physicality is kind of a nice constraint to have because it forces you to make sense of the thing right then and there and getting everyone involved is easier since there is no software learning curve.