Stop motion animation requires a bit of stamina, a lot of dexterity and a good deal of flexibility. Problem is I’m not as young as I used to be. My puppets have tie downs. Tie downs are little screws attached to the base of the puppet’s feet and by drilling a hole in the table you can secure your puppet to the set with long screws from underneath to keep them from falling over while shooting (take that gravity) But reaching those holes on such a big set can be a challenge. I know it’s all in service of the film but sometimes, late at night, on the couch after a long night of animating, holy god does my back hurt.

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