Gulp: The World’s Largest Stop-Motion Animation, ‘Gulp’ is a short film created by Sumo Science at Aardman studios, depicting a simple life story of a fisherman. It is shot on a location at Pendine Beach in South Wales. Every frame of this stop-motion animation was shot using a Nokia N8, with its 12 megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics. The film has broken a world record for the ‘largest stop-motion animation set’, with the largest scene stretching over 11,000 square feet. The entire video was composed of stills taken on Nokia N8 cell phones, sand sculptures and art by a team of sand artists “Sandinyoureye” along-with synchronized efforts by animators, directors, students andvolunteers create the environment and movement in the frames.

Gulp The World’s Largest Stop Motion Animation

Gulp: The World's Largest Stop-Motion Animation

It’s hard not to be awed by the sheer ingenuity of the filmmakers behind this rather adorable little short. Even the sailor in that little boat is a real guy. CGTantra got a chance to catch an interview with the makers of this video, Will and Ed, the directors of Gulp. Also, watch the behind-the-scenes for a look at how this amazing large-scale project came together.

Gulp: The World’s Largest Stop-Motion Animation

11_gulp_071. Can you tell us a little bit about the story? How did you come across such an interesting concept?Wieden & Kennedy approached us with a basic script titled ‘The Big Catch.’ We were immediately excited at the prospect of working with them again as ‘Dot’ was such a success. W & K wanted to go for the record of the largest stop-motion set ever made; we’d made the smallest so now we would go for the biggest.The story was based on the classic fishing tale. A man goes out to sea in search of the big catch. The fish he catches gets bigger and bigger until he finally hooks an enormous fish that ends up eating him. The concept was to shoot the film on the sand and to work with sand artist Jamie Wardly and ‘The Sand in Your Eye Team.’Gulp: The World's Largest Stop-Motion Animation11_gulp_08
2. How much time did you take to make this film? How many people worked on it?
It took us about 8 weeks from pre-production to post-production. We spent five days down on the beach simply filming. Our crew was huge and consisted of around 30 people from Aardman, 8 from ‘Sand in Your Eye’ team and 30 volunteers who came from nearby universities.3. What challenges did you face while working on this film?
There were plenty of challenges, mainly, because we were shooting outside, so we were open to all the elements with weather playing a huge part throughout. We had to work around the tidal system as the tides came in every six hours, so we had to make sure we captured enough frames before our canvas was washed over. Using huge cranes was also a big risk. If the wind reached 20mph, the cranes would have to come down. Luckily, we gotGulp: The World's Largest Stop-Motion Animation11_gulp_094. What camera did you use? What other tools went in the creation of this film?
At the top of each crane we had a converted light case which housed three Nokia camera phones, one Canon SLR and one webcam for our live feedback which would be used for the animators. We had to have three Nokia’s just in case one went down or malfunctioned.5. Can you explain to us the procedure of how did you manage working on the largest stop motion film?
One of the most important factors on this project was scheduling. We had to make sure we knew exactly what we were doing because there was no time to make changes or corrections once we were down on the beach. We had a very good production team that worked for weeks on making sure everything ran smoothly.Gulp: The World's Largest Stop-Motion Animation6. Did you make use of any softwares? If so, which and for what?
We used Stop Motion Pro for animating and Dragon Stop Motion for previewing. After Effects and Final Cut Pro were also used later on.

7. Did you have any collaboration with Nokia while working on this film?
Nokia worked with the agency throughout and approved as we went along.

Gulp: The World's Largest Stop-Motion Animation


8. Did you receive any support from their end?
We worked with one of their technical advisors who assisted us in managing all of our Nokia phones.

9. Are you looking forward to work on such kind of projects? Would you like to share some ideas with us?
We loved working on such a different and exciting project and hopefully we’ll get to make more films like this in the future. That’s all we can say for now!

Gulp: The World's Largest Stop-Motion Animation

10. What message would you like to send across to the artist community?
You can achieve anything you put your mind to, get inspired, brainstorm ideas and get filming!

Thank you so much having shared your experiences on working such a grand and successful project. It was a pleasure to know such insights. Thank you for giving us your valuable time. We wish you all the best for your future, up-coming projects.

Gulp: The World's Largest Stop-Motion Animation

‘Gulp’ is a perfect example of creativity blended with technology at its best and how the inter-pollination of manpower with nature can trigger some of the best master-pieces that is hard to “Gulp” down through one’s instincts… We would like to bow to the whole team of Aardman , Sand in you eye , the fisherman , the boat , the beach , the sand , the weather, Nokia and the sheer genius of the minds that have given us a phenomenal film to get inspired from with its sheer simplicity and creative genius..