Gulp is a live, stop-motion animation film directed by Sumo Science, the creative animators at Aardman animations studios located in Bristol, UK. Sumo Science teamed up with Nokia Europe, innovators of the Nokia N8 phone, a touch-screen smart phone with a 12 megapixel camera with cool HD quality video recording ability, and film editing software. For those of you whom are unfamiliar, Aardman studios are the creators behind the Wallace and Gromit series of stop-motion animation films, including the up-an-coming animation film The Pirates! Band of Misfitsin 2012.
Gulp was filmed using only three Nokia N8 phones and was shot on Pendine beach, a 7-mile stretch of sand on the shores of Carmarthen Bay in South Wales. The entire sand ‘set’ stretched over an amazing 11,000 square feet, making the film the “largest stop-motion” animation film in the world. The sculptors behind this amazing film are pro at building sand and ice sculptures.
In the film, a fisherman is out on the open sea reeling in his catch. When his smaller hooked fish beget a much larger fish–which beget a behemoth of a fish caused the fisherman not only lose his catch, but he wound up in the belly of the beast. You will just have to watch this brilliant animation to see how our fisherman fared.
Please enjoy Gulp directed by Sumo Science at Aardman animation studios.
The Sand Artists: Sandinyoureye UK
The phone: The Nokia N8 – the video attached contains the #nokiagulp story – “Shooting on N8’s” YouTube video.
Image credit: Aardman Studios, Nokia UK