It’s pretty rare something comes across my desk that I just love to pieces. Usually if I love something to pieces, I will specifically ask to write about it. But hey, I don’t know about everything in the world, and when something shows up that I’ve never heard of but come to adore, it’s a pretty great feeling.
Such was the case with Billygoat. I consider myself lucky to have found out about this group and gotten a chance to interview them. The work they’re doing is astounding, and, to my mind, unlike anything else out there.
The duo makes stop motion animated art films and then scores them. But that description doesn’t do it justice. You have to see for yourself.
Your films are incredible detailed. How long does it take to make one?
Only 1-2 minutes of footage is created each month because stop-motion photography is so extremely tedious. It’s the prepping that really takes quite a bit of time and what we are doing behind the scenes that consumes equal if not more time than actually shooting photos. If you’re hasty with this process the results can weaken. It does take about 12-16 months to complete an animation.
Can you describe the process you go through to make each film?
Our process involves shooting in a room and recording images that inspire us. The set dictates where subjects are going to be placed as it morphs over time. It’s a lot like the game MouseTrap, in that everything is cause and effect. We rarely script and our ideas can completely change overnight sending the animation down a completely unpredictable avenue.
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