Remember the kid from Norway with the great little afro that brought us the stop-motion gems Amateur and Hyperactive? Well, he’s at it again with a well done short with just the right amount of dark humor. It’s “Us”!
Lasse explains it thusly:
Well, this was kind of an experiment. I wanted to see how it would look if my shadow ran away. I cut myself away from the scene so that only the shadow would remain. The result isn’t 100%, but I think it’s a cute little film..
How it’s made: Filmed 3 different things in each scene (the up the street scene in this example); the location (the street), me running (as me), and me running as the shadow. The sequences were exported from Premiere to seperate image files. In each image, or frame, I had to delete the surroundings so that only me (or only my shadow on that sequence) was visible. I then put the two sequences on top of the location sequence. Voila!
I also did some simple photoshopping on some scenes, like when the shadow is dead on the ground. The smoke in the film is artificial. I filmed myself having a sigarette behind a black cloth, so that the smoke went through (filmed in front of the cloth of course). I could then put it in the film as gunsmoke and breathing, using luma key. Oh, the car isn’t really there either. It was cut in from another clip. The blood is blackcurrant juice