Studio Zazac’s stop-motion short ‘Deer Flower’ has taken home the title of best animated film award at this year’ Aspen Shortsfest, taking it into the pool of Oscar-qualifying films.
The short, written and directed by Kangmin Kim, is a whimsical and poignant story of a young boy who partakes in an ancient rite of passage. All characters and props were created with 3D printer technology, further embellished with paper cut-outs to retain a handmade feel. It is brilliantly crafted seven-minute piece of stop-motion that is equally provoking and amusing.
Kim and Seulhwa Eum are the founders of Studio Zazac, the Los Angele- based award-winning animation and design studio behind the 2012 Sundance short 38-39°C. They described the process of their newest work as a blending of traditional and modern techniques with the design of the characters beginning in the more iterative manner from sketches with pen and paper to a finished 3D modeling in Autodesk Maya. Once the models were ready to be turned from digital to physical, Kim and Eum used the MakerBot Replicator 2 to fabricate the puppets.
You can watch the trailer for ‘Deer Flower’ below: