Viviane Peo'h- See director BIO
While studying in Glyndwr University, I created a short Stop-Motion film: 'Grandma' inspired from my childhood. I wanted it to be based in Wales and in Welsh language.
My message is a message of love and compassion. During the pre-production which lasted three months, I wrote the story, then drew the storyboard leading to creating an 'animatic' on the Toon-Boom Software. This animatic was containing all captions concerning the narration, dialogues, lighting, camera angles, sound, and mood of the scene, action of the character...and more... Then only a few weeks were left to build the Set, Props and Puppets from scratch! To have sourced quite a few props at the right scale in advance saved me a lot of time in the making process...
The Production period lasted four months: I proceeded to the shooting with a Canon 600D EOS and the 'Dragon Frame' software. Discovering along that it was not possible to shoot in a linear way, all the scenes happening within a same background had to be shot at the same time. To avoid changing scenery constantly, I created a schedule to regroup and time the shooting scenes belonging to the same set and/or the same lighting...
Finally it took me 10 days to do the editing on Final Cut Pro. Although I had a few minutes of help there and then, I worked on my own the most of the time... around the clock!
From Brittany in France, I graduated obtaining a First Class degree in Animation, Visual Effects and Game Art within the North Wales School of Art and Design in UK.
During my Paragliding flying years, many years ago, I produced with friends a music video : 'Blue' on the Hang Gliding World short listed in France at the Icarus Film Festival, discovered then the greatness of animation at the Annecy Festival in France and later on, created a Stop-Motion Very Short in London.
After two years of experience in Set, Props, Model, Puppet design and making, I specialized in Stop-Motion, as it became obvious along the years that it was the path I was looking for, all along.
I have been using all types of materials, it goes from : wood, leather, canvas for the Set; fimo, plasticine, clay for the Sculptures; alginate, plaster, latex, silicone for Casting- Molding; fabric, felt, crochet, metal, lead... and more...
In 2013 and 2016, I organized workshops leading to the creation of a short animated film with youths having autism or speech and impairment condition. Guiding them through the process of model making, story writing and animating.
When working on a Story, comes to my mind, first the Layout, Design style and Color tone for the entire film. Then reading the script I visualize spontaneously in my mind the Action, Mood, Camera, Lighting, Background necessary for each scene.
Then, comes an eagerness to create… I discovered that It takes a bit longer at the pre-production to create a Stop-Motion than a digital animated film, but the shooting can be fast (6 minutes film, 3 weeks shooting for this present commission).
Stop-Motion especially is popular with the audience. The fact that it is hand-made brings a quirkiness and incomparable human feel to it. It is an ideal technique for series, as once the puppets and set are made, then it can be shot within no time..!
I am passionate about telling truthful and cheerful stories. It is because I believe :
'if each one of us at our little scale brings goodness around us, then the world becomes a better place to live in and that we are all responsible to do just that'.
'Grandma',my student film, is a story of love and compassion and has been awarded in 2015/16 in Animation, Welsh Language and Excellence in Welsh short film.
'Pobol', my first commissioned animated film, is in Welsh, it means 'People'. I wanted their story to be told in adding a touch of humor and of love for life! ;-)! :-)!
If directing is my favorite part, I can focus for hours at creating the Set, the puppets and animating, would you not dream at creating a whole new universe? :-)!
When animating, I find it important not to think but to feel... the lighting being the magician of the atmosphere desired...
As a general rule, I try to keep it simple, everything has to be there for a reason while the synchronization at editing keeps the flow and the truth of the emotion intact.
My Future Plans :
I am offering my services to assist as a Stop-Motion Model-maker and Animator to the Animation and Film Production Industry.
As a free lancer I am offering commercials, music-videos, short films made in the Stop-Motion technique