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“Pinocchio is a tale that has lived through the centuries, a fable very close to my heart, and we are very sure that this incarnation is a particulalry beautiful one.”  (Guillermo del Toro)

 

From the mind of Academy Award® winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, #PinocchioMovie is a whimsical, stop-motion reimagining of the classic tale, now playing on Netflix!

 

“I want to tell you a story. It’s a story you may think you know, but… you don’t. Not really. You see, I, Sebastian J. Cricket, was there. As a matter of fact, I lived, actually lived, in the heart of the wooden boy.”

 

 

Laura spent almost two years working as lighting camera on this film during which time she worked lots of sequences and over 240 shots. each shot was carefully set up to create the style and the emotion of Guillermo del Toro’s vision. many of the shots required moving cameras and light effects. Here is a clip of one of those sequences:

 

 

It deals with the sense of self, family, and not having to change to be accepted. It can bring a tear to your eye, how emotional it is. Guillermo is always looking at what it is to be a human. That’s his territory, and Pinocchio is all about that.

Tilda Swinton, voice of wood sprite and death

 

Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson wanted the world of the little wooden boy who wanted to be real, to look like a real world. Here they talk abut the unique challenges that went into making that vision come true:

 

Take a look behind the scenes as Guillermo del Toro talks about his love of stop motion animation as an art form and how he wanted Pinocchio to have the expressiveness of the early days of stop motion when you could see all the beautiful imperfections of the process, giving a unique handmade look, but with the the freedoms of motion and performance that new technologies can bring to the medium.

 

This clip goes behind the animation to show how it was all put together. Mark and Guillermo talk abut one of Laura’s shots that involved  an elaborate camera move to introduce the character of Spazatura the monkey. Director of Photography Frank Passingham also talks about some of the thought processes that went into the cinematography.

 

 

Pinocchio has received many amazing reviews and was one of rotten tomatoes top rated films of the year. Here is a small selection of articles and reviews that add a little more insight into the process:

Inside the mechanical and 3D printed puppet head process used for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’

How does cinematography work on a stop-motion film?

‘Imperfectly perfect’

https://www.pastemagazine.com/movies/guillermo-del-toros-pinocchio-frank-passingham-cinematographer-interview/

https://headtopics.com/us/cinematographer-frank-passingham-invented-new-stop-motion-techniques-for-guillermo-del-toro-s-pinocc-32789666

What Does ‘Pinocchio’ Have in Common with ‘The Godfather’? It’s All in the Lighting

 

Cinematographer Frank Passingham on merging worlds and bringing the stop motion of ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’ to life

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/nov/27/guillermo-del-toros-pinocchio-review-a-superbly-strange-stop-motion-animation

 

 


 

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Animated Feature

Role: Lighting Camera

DOP: Frank Passingham,

Director: Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson,

Production company: Shadow Machine, Netflix