Going West by Andersen M Studio

This is an impressively elaborate papercraft animation created by London-based Andersen M Studio for the New Zealand Book Council. I wonder if CG was used in the planning of this film. According to the filmmakers, no computers were used in the actual production: “The animation took 8 months to complete and is 100% handmade with a good old 10A scalpel blade.”

(via Boing Boing)


  • Tim Schuit

    That was….fantastic!

  • Ian

    excellent.

    but I’m getting tired of the idea that somehow a film is better if done one way over another. I truly don’t care if a film is “handmade” or not, if you have a good story to tell, tell it. Lets all quit pretending that there is somehow a loss of “artistic integrity” as soon as a computer becomes involved.

  • http://2dwannabe.blogspot.com robcat2075

    Great look. Clever use of “the book” as the substance.

    Making the VO mostly unintelligible seemed like a bad choice.

  • Simon Acosta

    wow that was amazing…. how did they do it??

  • Jay Sabicer

    I especially liked the walking letters at the very end. As for the unintelligible VO, either they have the bass cranked up way too much in the recording or those with British-style accents speak in a register that we yanks have trouble understanding. I’m thinking a little bit of both.

  • http://www.vimeo.com/charleshuettner Charles

    I absolutely love the last 20 seconds.

  • Rob

    That was great. But knowing that it was done by hand, with no computers, took me out of it. I could only think of what a pain that must have been (not that animating on computers is easier, but with paper and cutting there’s a lot more room for error). Also, I find it strange that it’s a commercial for reading but uses some of the most visually stunning and attractive imagery you could imagine, while the VO is inaudible. If anything, it makes me want to watch more animated shorts rather than read –and I have a degree in literature. Regardless, kind of staggering.

  • Brian

    Fantastic animation! Love it. But the audio is complete gobbledegook, it’s too fast and horribly edited. Too much echo, can’t understand a word. Fix that and this is a masterpiece.

  • some guy

    “Lets all quit pretending that there is somehow a loss of “artistic integrity” as soon as a computer becomes involved.”

    most of the problem stems from letting the computer do the work for you. It always looks cheap and impersonal. this is why many lament the loss of handmade films where you had no choice but to put yourself into the process.

    I have seen CG look well crafted and full of imagination. Take McBess’ Dead Pirate’s music video for example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPsDFQWz3DI

    you can tell practically every element is custom made with a unique and uniform sensibility. It’s not a mishmash of opposing and incompatible elements that seem to make up the bulk of CG work being made.

    so no, there’s no loss of artistic integrity when a computer gets involved; it just gets a lot harder to maintain it.

    this spot was brilliant. I think the work is best when you see it and wonder “how did they do that?”

  • http://www.elliotelliotelliot.com Elliot Cowan

    Beautiful.
    Shame they had to make it in the UK.
    New Zealand is full of talented people…

  • http://twitter.com/jsidhom Jonah Sidhom

    This was really cool to watch for me. I’ve been using the x-acto knife A LOT in my last few college art projects, and I used the pages of a book in my last project.

    I don’t think knowing they cut it all out by hand detracts from the impact. It definitely added appeal to the whole thing for me.

  • http://kateburck.blogspot.com Kate Burck

    I ended up watching a bunch more of the studio’s work. They’ve done a number of these stop motion paper craft pieces. They’re really beautiful. I want to know how they manipulate that paper to come off the page so nicely.

  • Chuck R.

    Fantastic work.

    It’s interesting to know that it was handmade, not that it makes it any better or worse as a film. Some of us are just geeks about craft and like to be wowed every now and then.

    The audio is unintelligible, but the content of the voiceover isn’t the point. It’s just the contents of the book being played out sonically and visually thru animation. Pretty cool.

  • Blasko

    So fantastic, I almost don’t care how it was made. It made me feel involved and a part of the dimension and motion. Reminded me in a small way of an old Garri Bardin piece done with wire.