Inspired by all the entries for our Canimation project we've been trawling the web for the best examples of animation out there and came across this gem by Spike Jonze and Olympia Le Tan on Nowness. An artist known for her beautiful stitched books collaborating with a video director may not be the most likely pairing but this match of Olympia Le Tan's quirky embroidery and Spike Jonze's effortlessly cool style has resulted in this excellent little film. Titled "Mourir Auprès de Toi" which means "To die by my side" it tells the story of a skeleton falling in love with the girl from Bram Stokers Dracula and embarking on a magical adventure by way of Moby Dick. Which as you can see below makes for a riveting view:
The starting point for the piece was Olympia's cut out felt characters which she uses for her pieces based on books and the story evolved through a series of brainstorms and meetings, as Spike says "Me and Olympia both wanted to make a love story, and it was fun to do it with these characters. It evolved naturally and it all just started with the feeling. From there you entertain yourself with ideas that excite you."
The project was very much a collaborative process with Le-Tan, Jonze and Simon Cahn coming together to create the story and then working with a team of animators to make the film which took about a year and a half as a side project. It wasn't an easy piece though as Olympia puts it "Cutting up all the little felt pieces was really intense and took about 3 months non-stop. I think there were over 3000 pieces. Then our animators turned it all into a movie. They worked night and day for 2 months." Creating a stop motion animation is always a very intensive process but as you can see from this also hugely rewarding and judging by this making of video lots of fun too.
If you've found this piece inspiring why not check out our Canimation site, for the your chance to make your own stop motion animation and win some fantastic prizes in the process.