“Train of Thought” by Leo Bridle & Ben Thomas

I love films made with paper cut-outs. Here’s a really amazing one by students Leo Bridle & Ben Thomas, Train of Thought – their graduation film from The Arts Institute at Bournemouth.

“Although we used digital compositing software, all the animation and models were done by hand, not with CGI. The film took approximately 9 months to complete, from storyboards through to the final edit.”

Also, don’t forget to check out the “making of” video.

(Thanks, Sean Dicken)


  • Lyle

    HOLY CRAP, THAT IS AN AWESOME TECHNIQUE and really well done!

  • Stephen M. Levinson

    Really cool technique for sure! Some of the things woah’d me like when he turns his head and it bends your mind between the picture of 3-dimensional people and 3D flat 2D images. Can’t wait to see them perfect this style.

  • Grumpy Animator

    Fans of paper-mation should check out ‘The Eagleman Stag’ by Michael Please. Its an even more impressive bit of work. Trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esby5GIMlWY

  • Frank Ziegler

    Loved it as well Jerry. Here’s my own humble attempt in that style. Made many moons ago right after I left college.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/snaaus2000?feature=mhum#p/u/22/KTSNyLShdYk

  • http://cloudbreadandfriends.blogspot.com Woody Yocum

    Here’s our Christmas show: http://cloudbreadandfriends.blogspot.com/

    The technique uses Maya for the cut outs, but the key to it is lighting everything very carefully …hope you like!

  • tomm

    that was class

  • http://rodtejada.wordpress.com/ Rod Tejada

    I was blown away both by the story and the mixture of techniques on the short.

    I’ll be sharing the link a lot, truly inspirational work! AMAZING!

  • http://www.doortodoor.deviantart.com John Hill

    Great animation, old school Paddington Bear style!

    • Chris Sobieniak

      Certainly reminded me of that.