French digital artist Gilles-Alexandre Deschaud spent over two years creating an incredibly ambitious short film, using only 3D printed parts. His stop-motion animation film, Chase Me, premiered at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Festival last June, and was also selected for the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival.
The story starts with a young girl singing and playing the ukulele, walking through a magical forest. But it’s not as simple as it may sound: a monster evolves from her shadow, and continues evolving, as it chases her through the woods.
Deschaud says, “Chase Me is a story about embracing your fears and turning them into something beautiful.”
Every single frame of the film was designed by Deschaud in CG first, before it was processed into 3D prints. It was then recreated through stop-motion animation, at 15 frames per second, to achieve the final result. Deschaud has been working in the VFX industry as a digital artist and animator for nearly a decade. He loves using mixed media for his storytelling, and started out combining 3D animation with a combination of 2D mediums, like painting and drawing. His experimentation with new styles led him to the innovative world of 3D printing, and he began using it in his video creations.
If you’d like to own a unique part of this project, just visit Deschaud’s website: you can donate whatever you want, shipping paid separately, and you will receive one of the 3D printed pieces used to create the film! All of the available pieces are different, and most are numbered, corresponding to the frame of the film it’s in. This also helps support him financially as he works on making his next short film.
Take a look at the stunning 3D printed stop-motion animated film Chase Me: