For Frank Passingham, Director of Photography on stop motion classics ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’, and ‘The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!’, ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ gave him the opportunity to experiment with light and colour in a way he hadn’t done before.
‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ is the reimagining of the classic tale of the little wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy. The shots of Carlo on the swing are a perfect example of the collaboration that is required in stop motion animation, as all the departments had to work in combination to get the shot the directors wanted.
Dave Alex talks to stop motion cinematographer about poetic lighting and the unique opportunities that were available through the cinematography of Robin Robin.
In one shot Chuck Steel is running along a hospital corridor. As he runs he turns corners, travels through a doorway, jumps over obstacles and punches random background characters as he goes. The camera keeps just ahead of him. A move of this type would usually require an elaborate motion control rig.