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Space Oddity: Cat in Space By Christine Walker

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Published on Jul 31, 2009

This was a film I made for my film class at Trent U this summer. It was film on a Bolex camera with color film, obviously. I filmed this as a manner of playing around with and experimenting with different forms of animation. There are bits of stop animation, cut-out animation and model animation in here. I wanted to see what it would be like using them together and what it would look like on film. There is some hand painting done in the end of the film as well as some splicing that took place but not very much, I didn't want to ruin the film. I also played around with different character perspectives in my shots. What I was going for was a very star treck old television show feeling, with bad sets, cheesy costumes and silly special effects.
It was inspired by David Bowie's songs Space Oddity and Life On Mars, the film is done to David Bowies Space Oddity, which I edited, changed and added effects to. It took my over five hours to film this two minutes and thirty second film, but it was worth it.
It is meant to be fun and light hearted. ENJOY (the opening credit title was not in this, there's exactly 2 seconds of opening film not on here, there isn't anything missed.)

Credits
Major Tom: Sprout the kitten
Evil Robot: Ross MacDougall
Ground Control: Wilber the Wildebeest
Director, Set Designer, Costume Designer, Writer, Musical Editing: Christine Walker
Professor Of The Course:Kelly Egan

Special Tid Bits
(The microphone on ground control is actually a kitty treat stuck to a twist tie)
(The construction paper backgrounds were hand made, cut and taped together, every detail was done with exact care)
(The son was edited close to 6 times to get it right, and it's still not done)
(Sprout was the biggest diva to work with, he tore off his tinfoil costume, knocked over all the small toys that live on mars, had naps in the Bolex case many times, and refused to walk on the grass at the end of the film because he doesn't like grass.)
(The Robot was the worst to make, we went through so much tinfoil and when we filmed the movie it was so hot outside, the tinfoil acted like an oven. We had to take off and reassemble the costume every so often so Ross could have a break from the heat.)
(The film course was the most fun I have ever had a Trent University, if it was taught by anyone else I would be so disappointed, but Kelly was Amazing!)

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