This is a stop-motion animation project I made with Jina Jung and Nate Padgett for my animation class at ITP. It’s a story about an ant exploring a busy city. The ant is small and lonely and is constantly being almost stepped on by people crossing the street until it comes across a ghost costume made by a white sheet. The ant carries the ghost costume using a stick to stabilize it and wanders the streets scaring people passing by. The ant feels empowered until his costume is blown off by a gust of wind…The ant feels small and lonely again.
Shooting the film occurred over two days. We initially had issues lighting the scenes and getting focused shots because some of our drawings were smaller than others. Having the exact same proportions of the frames and drawings is extremely important and hard to accomplish in a non-professional setting. Eventually, we found a good compromise with lighting between our physical lights and the light balancing feature in the Dragonframe software.
Story by Alexia Kyriakopoulos and Jina Jung
Drawings by Jina Jung
Shooting by Alexia Kyriakopoulos and Nate Padgett
Film & Sound Editing by Alexia Kyriakopoulos
Dragonframe and Premiere Pro