TALLULAH

(a very small love story)

SHORT FILM  |  MATURE AUDIENCES  |  3 MINUTES  |  STOP MOTION

 

 

Tallulah died too early and now lives in limbo, a small, defiant ghost who visits and revisits the scene of the tragedy on moonless nights. She is caught up in her sadness and the beauty of her sacrifice. She would do it all again. And does!
Tallulah the moth - publicity shot

More about Tallulah and her very small love story from Vimeo

Inspiration for this character: Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, Janis Joplin, Betty Boop, Tallulah Bankhead and the many women who can’t yet see how special they are.

I originally wrote this script (and storyboard) to showcase my skills when I did a 3DSMAX course, but hijacked it for a stop-motion animation course offered by UNIMA and AnimationSA in September 2009 instead because it was short enough for the project exercise. In one of those odd coincidences, the layout of the scene I’d drawn years before, was virtually identical to the little flat where I made the film.

Am very grateful to UNIMA, the Cape Film Commission and AnimationSA (including Triggerfish) Cape Town for offering so many of us the opportunity to learn from some of the leading lights in the industry – many thanks to the facilitators. You were unstinting in sharing tricks of the trade and we all learned so much.

Also much gratitude to Verna Jooste for her voice – even though I had to change it to fit the character once she had a clearer identity! To Carola Meyer – many thanks for help with the construction of Tallulah and Warren Coetzer for enlightenment in some of the darker corners of Premiere.

And to the ‘Randalls’ I have known – thank you for the inspiration.

HERE’S THE ORIGINAL VERSION ON YOUTUBE.

In this version (recorded with Verna Jooste in her kitchen) I was trying for a louche, world-weary tone from the little ghost-moth who replays her passionate story over and over again on moonless nights… and Verna achieved exactly what I was after – thanks Verna! But the sound quality was lacking, so after some feedback there was a second attempt.

 

HERE’S THE FINAL VERSION ON VIMEO

Still from 3-minute short - Tallulah (a very small love story)

where I’d redone the voice-over. I also went for a more fluttery, flighty, moth-like approach, featuring James McGregor. Thank you James.

The Making of Tallulah