Twisted Tales Trailer: Behind the Scenes

We’re using this time during the COVID-19 pandemic to finish the pitch trailer for our Twisted Tales for Demented Children stop motion animated series. As you can see from previous blog posts this has been a number of years in the making; not uncommon for those of us working on the service side of the film industry trying to simultaneously move our own projects forward – and in particular for any stop motion animation!

If you’ve been following our recent social media posts (see below for links), we’ve completed the first couple scenes with the beautiful sunset sky that our head fabricator Alyssa painted. As many people who have come through our studio over the past couple years know, this was a blank canvas for a very long time. We were originally going to create the cloudscape using traditional theatrical techniques of light and screen (see left image below) but early tests, although beautiful, proved challenging,  so it’s exciting to see it completed using traditional paint technique (right).


One of the things people really liked about our first stop motion film Skeleton Girl was the rougher look to the puppets and sets. We’ve always preferred this aesthetic as an antidote to the ubiquitous glossy polished look found in so much animation these days, whether computer generated or not; there’s a texture and uniqueness that you simply don’t see very often. The flyover scene was done with the painted canvas sky, a model airplane, and a traditional matte painting of clouds on tempered glass. We like many of the old school techniques and it’s a bit of an homage to the Disney multi plane camera and the matte artists of the ’30s.  Here’s a link to some behind the scenes footage.

On the wardrobe front, we’re happy to have Aileen and Anne – two of the talented partners at Calgary’s Assemble Work/Shop (located out of the fabulous cSPACE King Edward) making our puppet costumes. Aileen and Anne have been hard at work creating the very tiny clothes for the children who will be making an appearance in the trailer and the series. It takes a certain skill set and talent to source the right fabric, make the designs and stitch the clothes together and these two know how to make it happen.

In addition to these blog updates you can watch for ongoing posts on the following sites:




Thanks for following our project and let us know if there’s anything in particular you want to know about or read in a future blog.

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