TALLINN, ESTONIA — Estonian animator Anu-Laura Tuttelberg plays with our ideas about static, fragile porcelain with some incredible test footage of a porcelain grasshopper. The animation will be part of her film Winter in Rainforest.
We see a pink grasshopper, anthropomorphized with human eyes, hands, and feet. It climbs a long, slender flower, its petals opening and closing in rhythm. Set in what we assume is the animator’s studio, we get a neat shot of the candles burning down in just a few moments, reminding us that stop animation time is moving degrees of magnitude slower than real time.
Winter in Rainforest is a musical short animation that will use puppets of surreal birds, insects, and plants made of porcelain. She states:
It will come to be a composition of short animated films consisting of 3-4 individual films each one shot in a different location in the World. Different climate, natural features and music coming from those places contrast and blend with each other. The film will be shot outdoors in the nature.
Anu-Laura Tuttelberg graduated with an MA in animation at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2013. She works as a freelance artist and makes set designs at animation studios. She teaches puppet animation at the Estonian Academy of Arts. She is inspired by photography, old toys, porcelain dolls, historical architecture, and interior design.
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