Make a pair of "normal", sarcastic nutcrackers come to life. Easy!
I invented a hybrid animation method by filming the characters in traditional stop-motion then animating the faces in 2D. This animation was then 3D tracked, mapped and composited onto the stop-motion character footage.
The final spot came in under budget and the result is a perfect blend of real and fantasy.
CLIENT - IHOP
DIRECTOR - CLARK JAMES
PRODUCER - PAUL GOLDEN
CINEMATOGRAPHY - SETH FULLERTON
STOP-MOTION ANIMATION - DOUG ABERLE
FACIAL ANIMATION - CLARK JAMES
EDITOR - CLARK JAMES
PRODUCTION DESIGN - CLARK JAMES
CHARACTER DESIGN - CLARK JAMES