Sheridan Animation professor & stop-motion animator –Chris Walsh– creates horror film THE SHUTTERBUG MAN
Recently we reported on THE SHUTTERBUG MAN, a new film being helmed by Canadian stop-motion animator Chris Walsh. Now FANGORIA has an exclusive behind the scenes clip, and if the style Walsh adopts for this sequence is any indication of the final picture’s quality, we’re in for a shuddery experience, indeed.
At its core, stop motion has a real darkness. By darkness I don’t mean ‘evil’, I just mean ‘hidden in the shadows’. At an indie level, there’s something very cave-like and internal about the whole process of stop motion. You work in a darkened studio, by yourself, externalizing this personal world through sets and puppets. Then, in the shadows of the lit set, you work to bring that all to life. There’s something very elemental about it, something very primal.
So I wanted to make a “behind-the-scenes” clip that reflected that mysterious and shadowy aspect of the process, as opposed to one that pulls back all the curtains and switches on the lights and shows how it’s all done. There’s countless YouTube tutorials for that sort of thing!
I think that some form of magic or mystery or whatever you want to call it is vital- both in the process of what I’m making, and in what appears on screen. Every horror fan knows that f you leave some things in the shadows, they retains their power… and that power keeps you going, as an artist and as the audience.
Of course, THE SHUTTERBUG MAN is an all-out horror short that’s heavy on shadows and atmosphere! So it only makes sense that this little glimpse carries that same vibe.
Have a look at the exclusive clip “THE SHUTTERBUG MAN”