Sam Gainsborough is an animation director who mixes physical animation with digital techniques to create a tactile and hand-made look. The London-based artist’s newest mixed-media film called Facing It shows a man struggling with life.
The relationships with his family and friends, social anxiety, and his fear of being rejected from the people that surround him are manifested by contorts, melting, rippling, dripping, and swirling clay faces on human bodies. To make the faces, which were roughly double life-size, the creators used more than 1,100 pounds of plasticine.
“When making this film, it was really important to me that you could see the fingerprints, and even more than that, each drip of the film is the size of a thumb that kind of tactile filmmaking is something I really wanted to incorporate,” the artist shared on Vimeo. “Making this film just made me really excited about future possibilities. I feel like this was such a leap into the unknown that really got my mind going with other crazy things we can do.”
If you are interested to see his award-winning film, check it out on Vimeo.