The Wolfskin / SOPHIE SOMMERS 

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This project aims to showcase everything learned; designing characters, setting a mood and telling a story using miniature wigs, in the form of a stop-motion animation. The characters in this short story are transformed into fully functioning stop- motion puppets which have then been animated to follow the story of Little Red Riding Hood, as inspired by writer, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.

Collaborating with Sussex based puppet theatre company, Rust and Stardust, who creates puppets, costumes and animations allowed Sommers to acquire the skills needed to make and animate her own puppets and have produced three miniature puppets.

An animation of the story of Little Red Riding Hood was an ideal platform to exhibit her wig making skills as the tale has such a diverse range of characters on which to explore techniques. The wolf and his wolf skin being a key aspect to the story, his fur had to bring life to his character. She took inspiration from animations such as Baz Luhrmann’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Suzie Templeton’s Peter and the Wolf, where the fur itself moves as the animators manipulate the puppets. The other characters consisted of a young girl and an old woman; a challenge, creating two distinct faces sculpts and hair types to aid the storytelling. In Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and Henry Selick’s Coraline, the hair is animated beautifully as secondary movement and in Coraline’s case, is very important to the character; she applied these qualities to this piece.

CREDITS:
DIRECTOR – SOPHIE SOMMERS
MUSIC – SAM THE SHAM AND THE PHAROHS
COSTUME – ELEANOR CONLON
WIG MAKER – SOPHIE SOMMERS

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