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Amour Robotic
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Credits
Synopsis

Short synopsis

Amour Robotic is a short stop-motion & 2D animated film which was shot in New Zealand by two young Australians with an over abundance of imagination and a Nikon DSLR. The story is an allegorical account of the trial we face in life and death. The robots on the shelf are brought to life by a supernatural force and, through interacting with each other and their life bringer, explore themes of jealousy, isolation, love, anger, fear, joy, and loss. These trials reflect those the unique experiences that we all have gone or will go through during the course of our lives.

Medium synopsis

Amour Robotic is a short, stop motion animated film using models and shot on a Nikon digital DSLR. It was shot in Matakana, New Zealand on a constructed set. The models are made using a variety of materials including wood, metal and paper mache. A second layer of 2D computer animation was added to complete the look of the film. The style is heavily influenced by artistic stop motion such as the work of Jan Svankmeyer and romantic French films such as Amelie.
The story is set in an abandoned attic where discarded toys sit gathering dust on a shelf. The introduction of a foreign element causes the robot toys to come to life. In life they discover the joys brought to them by the life bringing entity, and they bask in it. However, the robots soon discover jealousy, hate, fear and isolation brought about by coveting the life-bringing 'Pandora's box'. The robots must learn that life is full of challenges and heartbreak and that to find peace you must let go that which you have tried so hard to obtain.

Directors Bios
Caitlin

Caitlin Major studied a BFA of Animation at Queensland University of Technology where she fell in love with stop motion animation and the work of Jan Svankmajer and Tim Burton, whose animation style greatly influenced Amour Robotic. She met Matthew Hoddy while studying at QUT and discovered they both had a passion for film and animation and that their strengths aligned with each other’s.
Caitlin has always had a love of animation and a fascination with sci-fi and robots. Caitlin had the idea for Amour Robotic while at university. She was interested in the juxtaposition of the mundane, old and antique with the sleek idealised view of modern science fiction, and the effect that is created when they collide. Amour Robotic is Caitlin’s first short film.

Matt

Matthew Hoddy studied a Bachelor of Creative Industries majoring in television at Queensland University of Technology Finding the course too mundane for his liking he took a few units in animation where he met Caitlin. The two of them hit it off pretty well and decided to work together on many-a-project. These various projects included artwork, comics, films, animations and other various artistic endeavours.
During Matt’s adventures at uni he developed a healthy passion for and set of skills in photography and film. These skills were then put to use in the creation of ‘Amour Robotic’. Along with other skills he learnt such as set building, directing, producing, and working really hard in order to achieve something. Which he rarely did at uni.
Matt sincerely hopes that Amour Robotic will be a stepping-stone to more projects in film and animation. Be they personal or professional. But most of all he hopes that you get as much out of the film as he put into to it. Which is, to say, a lot.

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Trailer
Presskit

Caitlin Major and Matthew Hoddy

PO Box 436
Ferny Hills DC
Australia, 4055
Email Caitlin: caitlin.d.major@gmail.com
Email Matthew: matthewhoddy@gmail.com

Production Notes

Short-Animation-Drama
Release Date: No commercial release date set
Directors: Caitlin Major and Matthew Hoddy
Producers: Caitlin Major and Matthew Hoddy
Cast and Crew: Hugh Major, Robert Russell and Joshua Paddon

Amour Robotic is a short animated film shot on a Nikon DSLR camera using stop motion animation techniques combined with 2d animation and motion graphics. Matthew Hoddy designed the robots and the models were all hand made by Caitlin Major using recycled materials. It was shot in Hugh Major’s studio in Matakana on a set, which was painstakingly designed, built and dressed by Caitlin and Matt. The detail in the setting comes from the abundance of props locally sourced around Auckland from locals and op-shops.
Amour Robotic is set in an old attic where abandoned toy robots come to life and discover the joys and hardships of life through interaction with each other and a mysterious box.

Programming Descriptors

FORMS:Animation, Short
GENRES:Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Silent Film, Art

Medium

Amour Robotic is a short, stop motion animated film using models and shot on a Nikon digital DSLR. It was shot in Matakana, New Zealand on a constructed set. The models are made using a variety of materials including wood, metal and paper mache. A second layer of 2D computer animation was added to complete the look of the film. The style is heavily influenced by artistic stop motion such as the work of Jan Svankmeyer and romantic French films such as Amelie.
The story is set in an abandoned attic where discarded toys sit gathering dust on a shelf. The introduction of a foreign element causes the robot toys to come to life. In life they discover the joys brought to them by the life bringing entity, and they bask in it. However, the robots soon discover jealousy, hate, fear and isolation brought about by coveting the life-bringing 'Pandora's box'. The robots must learn that life is full of challenges and heartbreak and that to find peace you must let go that which you have tried so hard to obtain.

Anecdote

Amour Robotic was shot in Matakana, one of New Zealands premiere wine regions just north of Auckland. Caitlin rang her uncle up from Australia and asked if she could film a short animation at his house. Being the cool Uncle that he is, he readily agreed. So a few months later after much hammering and banging in the garage the two Aussies headed NZ way with a box full of Robots and a Nikon DSLR camera and started shooting the film. They locked themselves away in this tiny town, in a tiny curtained off area of Hugh's studio with only the company of Keys Portagee and Golliver Golliver Beals, two curious cats, three chickens and a handful of guinea fowl. They had only two days off: Christmas and one day when the cheap floodlights they bought at Bunnings burst and they had to wait till the next day to go into town and buy some more. Hugh and Kirsty were extremely patient with all the set construction and occasional flip outs if the camera was nudged and the scene had to be re-shot. In the end they were rewarded with 10 mins of stop motion animation, about 9000 single photos. Which then took another year to edit and for Caitlin to complete the second layer of 2d animation.

Full technical and acting credits

Caitlin Major

Director
Producer
Animator

Matthew Hoddy

Director
Producer
Cinematography

Robert Russell

Original Music
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Joshua Paddon

Sound Designer

Hugh Major

The Old Man