Whatever Makes You Merry!

It’s been a while since my last post. So for those who still didn’t give up on following my blog, I’m sharing with you the coolest project I’ve done so far (a stop motion Christmas card for FP7, the agency I work in), with some making of pictures for a glimpse of the whole journey.

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Check it out below!

Now let’s explore the set in the making:

1. The parquet: paint, cut, paste, repeat.

parquet

2. The comfy chair:

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3. the carpet:

(I never thought I would try weaving and I certainly never thought it would be so addictive. It’s such a peaceful activity!)

carpet

4. The Christmas tree:

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5. The lights:

Tiny LED lights were added to the Christmas tree and to the wall lamps.

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6. The furniture:

The gramophone was made of balsa wood aluminum wire and paper mache for the horn.

The china closet is the only ready-made detail in the set.

furniture

7. The puppet making:

we made three trials for the head, one that turned out really cool but too creepy, another one with detailed ears and a cool nose and finally the third one that we ended up using for the final puppet.

trials

modeling

8. The armature:

It’s such a magical moment when you have your finished puppet in your hands and… it can move!

Santa can now nod, wave, give a kick, sit, stand up.. the possibilities are endless!

armature

9. The mess:

When you see the final result, you don’t always imagine it came out of a mess. But almost every time it does.

(I personally need a messy workshop to start making maybe that’s just me.)

the mess

10. The set:

During a two days shoot, we lived in a dark room, thinking frame by frame, moving frame by frame, living frame by frame.

I think the coolest moment was when Samir Syriani (the director) edited the first frames and on that 17” screen what was only a puppet a few seconds ago was coming to life!

the set

CS office

11. Action:

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and The credits:

Director: Samir Syriani
DOP: Joe Saadeh
Sound Designer : Cedric Kayem

Set and Puppet making: Mona Abi Warde with the physical and moral help of: Elie Fakhry, Wissam Matar, Nicolas Diab, Andréa Terzian, Nadyn Chalhoub, Jad Chamaa, Ghada Azar, Aldo Bocti,  Ghada Ramadan, Alice Abou Sleiman, Mia Estephan, Fadi Gemayel, Joséphine Habchi, Nathalie Charabati, Rosy Mouallem.

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I almost forgot the last part, the wire typography animation! It turned out pretty cool even though we were very very tired at that stage of the shoot.

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And then it all ends up in a box.. (sigh)

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