Nexus Studios’ Jack Cunningham directs ‘Bath Time with the Field Family’ for Hometree.
Working with creative agency SNAP LDN, Director Jack Cunningham’s latest work is a stunningly detailed, hand-crafted stop motion film for the startup energy company.
Jack’s film ‘Bath Time with the Field Family’ is Hometree’s first TV spot and features a family of mice living in a beautifully realised tree home created by master puppet and modelmaker Andy Gent’s (Isle of Dogs, Fantastic Mr Fox) studio.
Drawing us in to observe a snippet of warm family life, Jack’s irresistible vision of mouse domesticity imagines a cosy home created from found objects including a floor made with coins and a thimble washbasin stand.
Andy Gent’s team first designed a prototype of the mice, testing different fur types for best colour/texture. Sourcing a tiny iron that enabled the model makers to straighten the clothes, they added tiny stitches and buttons to the clothes to give them a realistic and ‘used’ look. Miniaturised handmade working light bulbs and a gently illuminated boiler were also created by the team in order to fully bring Jack’s vision to life.
On the three-day shoot, stop motion animator Tobias Fouracre perfectly conveyed the characters’ subtle and honest movements and interactions with DOP Malcolm Hadley adding even more dimension to the story by paying careful attention to tiny lights and reflections alluding to other areas of the mouse house.
Jack says: “The biggest creative challenge for me was developing the anthropomorphised world in a way that hasn’t been done before. I took the ‘old fashioned’ stop motion way to reduce the post production process and capture as much on camera as possible.”