French artist Gilles-Alexandre Deschaud has created a stop-motion short film called Chase Me featuring over 2,500 parts 3D printed on a Formlabs Form 1+. It is set to premiere at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Festival this June and has also been selected for the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival.
The tale depicts a girl walking through a magical forest where her shadow evolves into a monster who chases her through the woods.
"Chase Me is a story about embracing your fears and turning them into something beautiful," says Deschaud.
No stranger to VFX, Deschaud has been working as a digital artist and animator for seven years and has a keen interest in storytelling through mixed media.
"When I first saw the Form 1 3D printer on Kickstarter, I knew that was what I needed to make a 3D printed film. I wanted to bring 3D printing technology to the art of stop-motion animation to create a new kind of film," says Deschaud. "I wouldn’t been able to have such tiny, complex and detailed prints without the Form 1 printer."
Each frame of the film was first designed by the artist using 3D modeling software before being 3D printed. The mise-en-scene was then recreated through stop-motion animation at 15 frames per second.
The set and characters were printed at 100 micron resolution with minimal finishing beyond removing support material. Larger pieces, such as the tree in the forest, were printed in individual parts, then assembled.
"Users like Gilles-Alexandre, who are doing incredible things with the Formlabs 3D printer, inspire us to keep doing what we do. Chase Me is beautiful and powerfully moving, both in aesthetics and its attention to detail," says Max Lobovksy, co-founder of Formlabs.
Chase Me took two years and 80 liters of resin to create. A 'making of' video is available on Vimeo.