Later this year, Barry JC Purves will debut a puppet animation film that interprets the life and work of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, the great Russian composer. You can’t watch any final footage quite yet. But you can enjoy a timelapse video that brings you inside the actual animation process. Here’s a quick description of what you’re seeing, as written by Joe Clarke, the camera/lighting man on the film.
Whilst working on the film I shot this series of time-lapses with the help of students. Instead of just leaving the camera to click away at set intervals, we manually took a frame in synch with the frames Barry was taking as he animated, showing the puppet moving at his intended 25fps, almost!
You can find some excellent still images of the Tchaikovsky puppet on Clarke’s website here. And don’t miss the actual voice of Tchaikovsky Captured on an Edison Cylinder circa 1890 here.