Aardman Animations has put its name in the record books once again as their Sumo Science directorial team (Will Studd and Ed Patterson) have created the World’s Largest Stop-Motion Animation Set with their new short film/commercial Gulp for Nokia, according to Guinness World Records. The recognition comes on the heels of the studio’s Smallest Stop-Motion Animated Character record for their previous Nokia spot, Dot.

Aardman Animation's GulpAardman Animation’s Gulp

The short was created for Nokia’s N8 campaign which seeks to showcase real-world applications for mobile devices in the world of film. Conceptualized by Nokias ad agency Wieden + Kennedy, Gulp follows a lone fisherman who is swallowed by a huge sea monster but manages to escape—unfortunately, so does his catch. The film’s creatures and ocean vista are crafted in large-scale sand animation carved into a beach in South Wales by Jamie Wardly and his team of artists at Sand In Your Eye, along with 30 art student volunteers. The huge set was made up of nautical objects like seaweed, ropes and nets, and Aardman’s prop department crafted a life-size replica fishing boat and half-boat light enough to be carried around the set.

Aardman Animation's GulpAardman Animation’s Gulp
Aardman Animation's GulpAardman Animation’s Gulp

All spots for the campaign are shot entirely on the N8 smartphone. Gulp showcases the phone’s Carl Zeiss optics and 12-megapixel photography capabilities. Three phones elevated 36 meters above the ground on a cherry picker (mounted in a custom rig by Peli Box) shot the 42.71 x 24 meter (roughly 140 x 78 ½ feet) set.

Aardman Animation's GulpAardman Animation’s Gulp

behind the scene video

the final video

August 3, 2011 by Mercedes Milligan

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