Gulp – Shot with the N8 on the World’s Largest Animation Set

Here’s an interesting tidbit from the mobile world. Nokia and Aardman Animations have set a Guiness World Record for the ‘World’s Largest Stop-motion Animation Set’ with their short film: Gulp. Remember the short film Dot from last year? The same folks got together and made this short movie entirely using the Nokia N8 phone.

What’s this movie about?

The film explores the life of a little fishing boat when the tide goes out. As the sea ebbs away oilskins and nets come to life manifesting a lone fisherman, out to find the catch of the day.  When he sets off across the sea he encounters an ocean vista of waves, gulls, clouds and fish all created using giant sand animation, carved in the beach itself. As the fisherman hauls in his sandy catch he is swallowed by a huge sea monster. Trapped inside the beast’s cavernous stomach, he accidentally sets off a chain reaction and is catapulted back to the surface, too late to save his catch from escaping back into the ocean.

Enough of writing, here’s the video for you to enjoy:

Gulp. The world’s largest stop-motion animation shot on a Nokia N8. from Nokia HD on Vimeo.

The Making of Gulp

If you’re interested in how this was created here’s the low down:
Three phones elevated 36 meters above the ground on a cherry picker on a beach in South Wales, UK, shot a canvas of 42.71 meters x 24 meters creating the ‘World’s Largest Stop-motion Animation Set’. The phones were mounted in a custom built rig inside a specially designed Peli Box and operated remotely by the camera crew in order to capture the huge images.

Take a peek at another video showing you how it was done:

Gulp. The making of. from Nokia HD on Vimeo.

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Vinu Thomas

Vinu is a Technical Architect working on Web technologies and a mobile enthusiast, who likes trying out new gadgets and apps. You can follow him on Twitter @vinuthomas

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