What other great directors would you want to see Worker Studio give the Stop Motion Shenanigans Treatment to in our next installment? Camping à la __________ (comment below).
Camping à la Bergman - What is a Bio Fladdermöss?
It all started with a screening of Ingmar Bergman’s The Magician (Ansiktet) at the Landmark Chez Artiste in Denver. A group of friends, artists, writers and filmmakers all gathered, forming their cinema gang - The Bio Fladdermöss (Swedish for Cinema Bats).
Months later, some of this group from Worker Studio Animation, fantasized ways in which to re-imagine a finished piece of Stop Motion work that still needed an outlet. The original work showed this camping scene in a much different light, and they began discussing how the mise-en-scène and dialogue would transform within the hands of influential film directors. The undeniable and cinematically rich notion of Ingmar Bergman was quickly agreed upon.
Worker Studio asked fellow Bio Fladdermus, and up and coming Colorado filmmaker, Sean JS Jourdan to craft a dialogue based on the existing animation and in the vein of a Bergman film. This kind of homage was only appropriate in Bergman’s native tongue, and fortunately Worker Studio Art Director, Feni Hagman, hails from Sweden. Along with her compatriot, Joel Stenow, they translated Jourdan’s script, and Joel performed the Voice.
Worker Studio founder, Michael “Ffish” Hemschoot, dug into the original animation’s edit, reimagining the visuals by channeling the spirit of Bergman.
Hemschoot reflected: “With the original animation, the backgrounds and character designs were already rooted in this gritty naturalism - in the setting established by Barry Kooser's painting, the choice of an "action-figure" aesthetic versus cartoon, and especially the tactile reality of creating stop-motion. Much like the characters of Bergman’s universe, who were rooted and soiled by reality, but in his hands lost in the mystery of existential wonder. With this experiment, we tried to do more than parody, and instead reflect the inspiration of how we would see Bergman take the raw materials of setting and characters - then transcend it through cinema. What we found on the other side of this reimagining process was the true essence we "unintended" it to be in the first place. That, and a whole new creative mission for our studio.”
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