The Stop Motion Cinematography of Anomalisa (with Joe Passarelli)

Todayโ€™s guest is Joe Passarelli, the Cinematographer behind the lens of the stop motion masterpiece, Anomolisa. Joe and I discuss the challenges of shooting stop motion, lighting miniature sets, and the patience needed to pull it off.

You Will Learn:

  • The humble beginnings of Anomolisa and the power of Kickstarter
  • The challenges and rewards of stop motion animation
  • Using home made Gemballs to light miniature sets
  • The miniature practical lighting and how it transformed the set
  • Eye lights for puppets and the reflective nature of fabrics
  • Working on 18 sets at the same time
  • What is replacement animation and how is it different from traditional
  • Why he chose to shoot on Canon 7D and Nikon lenses
  • Behind the scenes stories of the most challenging scenes
  • Creating motion blur in stop motion
  • Why the now infamous sex scene took over 6 months to animate
  • Using animatics to keep order the structure
  • Shooting 24-48 frames a day at most
  • and much more!



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