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Stop Motion animation has been enchanting audiences for over a century and there are many sources of information on the internet about the creativity that goes into each and every frame. The beautiful animation and images of the handcrafted puppets and sets are shared across the world. This page looks at those pages and articles that focus specifically on the cinematography and gives a little glimpse into what goes on behind the lens and helps bring to life those beautiful cinematic scenes.

Breaking the Mould

Dave Alex Riddett BSC and Tristan Oliver BSC speak to British Cinematographer Magazine about their memories of working on the classic stop motion film ‘The…

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Fresh Take on a Fairytale

British Cinematographer talks to Director of Photography Frank Passingham on how he helped to bring Guillermo del Toro’s reimagining of Pinocchio to life. Read about it here.

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Pinocchio – Behind the Animation

Pinocchio directors Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson break down the film’s stunning stop-motion animated scenes and explain how they were able to achieve their creative vision , with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and additional insight from actor Gregory Mann (Pinocchio). Frank Passingham, Director of Photography, talks about his approach to the cinematography.

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How does cinematography work on a stop-motion film?

In this article for ‘Befores and Afters’ Frank Passingham talks about his approach to lighting ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio‘ and how he achieved this through moving lights . It is part of an interesting’ and in depth, three part series about the film.

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The Guardian’s Pinocchio Review

Cinematographers don’t often get mentioned in mainstream reviews so it’s great to see the Director of Photography from ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’, Frank Passingham, getting mentioned in Mark Kermode’s review in the Guardian. It describes how he directed his crew to ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Godfather Part II’ for lighting references.

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