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Actually, it looks more complicated then it is. I
think if someone else had made this film, I would look at it
frame by frame, just wondering how in the world they did it.
But I made it so straight forward, that the most solutions are
just the most obvious ones. Let's have a look at the film in
more detail, but let me first explain how it all started...
In September 2002 I was on my way from Denmark to
my parents in Holland. In a large departmentstore I was looking
for a gift for my niece, but I ended up buying more stuff for
myself then for her. It was the first time I saw that Playmobil
had released Vikings. I bought immediately the two sets with
the Vikings that feature in the film. Since I had been playing
with the idea of making an stop-motion film since I was young,
but never founded any suitable toy to do it with (tried Barbies-not
flexible enough, tried actionfigures-too flexible, Lego is too
small), I knew directly that this was the toy that does the trick!
They are flexible, but stable. And they are funny. Are trying
to be cool, but fail misserably because of their clowns outfit
(bright colors, striped clothes).
When I got home after this holiday, I worked a weekend
almost non-stop to make the first Viking Five trailer with the
use of a blue screen (more about that later), which ended up
quite OK. The motion was fine for a test, the blue screen effect
worked out fine and most important: they were really funny. And
cool. I knew I had to do more with this, so the test automatically
became a trailer. For the first time I started to do a search
on-line for Playmobil movies and noticed there weren't any, except
for two... And they were both made by the same guy, Joshua Deicken.
I was impressed by the length of his movies and the way it fitted
all together. I knew I could do a more fluent job on the animations,
but I guessed that wasn't his main goal, as he seemed more a
storyteller to me. I wanted to make something completely different
and I think I had the way I wanted to do it already in my head
since I was a kid and playing with the Klickies. And this is
how I ended up doing it: