Sunday, September 9, 2012

Community: Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas

One of my favorite comedies is Community on NBC. Aside from the great characters. They have always been able to do great genre specific episodes. One of my favorite episodes was Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas. This christmas themed episode was done in Stop Motion style animation.

The style lent itself to the episode very well, reminding the audience of christmas specials from when they were younger. Since I'm Jewish I didn't really ever watch any of the classic christmas movies and haven't seen stop motion done that often.  It really does add a "child like" feel to the story, despite the story itself being very adult.

One of the coolest things for me was the behind the scenes making of the episode. I learned a lot about stop motion that I didn't know before (not that I knew a lot before.) They started making the episode very early in the season because of how long stop motion animation takes. One of the most interesting things that I learned is that the hardest shots to make are group walking shots. Each time a character is walking, A drill/screw is put into a hole in the character's foot, and is screwed into the stage. This keeps the character standing up and balanced while the other foot is in the air. Than screw is painted over. When the shot is over and it is time to move the other foot in the air, the process is repeated and the place in the stage where the screw used to be is also painted over.  This process can get very annoying and tedious when you have six or seven characters walking at once.  It is probably very tempting to cut corners and make the models walk at the same time or not have the group shots. The fact that no corners were shows how dedicated the team was. The main animator even won an Emmy for his work.

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