Batman gingerly pays a go to to a bruised, agitated Captain America recuperating on a hospital mattress. Antman sits close by, poring over a newspaper, all of the whereas overhearing the dialog like a fly on the wall. However, as an alternative of punchy one-liners straight out of a comic book guide, these superheroes tackle the voices of Mohanlal and Jagathy Sreekumar, mouthing the hilarious dialogues from the hospital scene within the evergreen Mollywood comedy Kilukkam, with the visuals in stop-motion animation.
When the lockdown confined a bunch of movie fans indoors, they determined to return to the bygone filmmaking strategy of stop-motion, developing with brief video clips and recreating some standard scenes in Malayalam movie. Released by the Kochi-based manufacturing home Tales and Takes, the stop-motion variations, which have gone viral, characteristic motion figures of comics superheroes donning the roles of big-screen stars. Apart from the scene in Kilukkam, different clips are memorable sequences from Mookilla Rajyathu, Maheshinte Prathikaram and a comic book tackle the iconic dialogue ‘Karnan Napoleon Bhagat Singh’ from the Prithviraj-starrer seventh Day.
Jobby James, who got here up with the idea and shot the frames, says he struck upon the concept a number of months in the past after seeing his four-year-old son, Jordan, taking part in with his motion determine toys. “Some of us studied a course in multimedia and stop-motion was something we tried in college but only as part of curriculum. With the modern cutting-edge animation techniques, it’s deemed passé. But I felt we could try something new with this,” says Jobby, who labored as cinematographer for the Mollywood movie Naval Enna Jewel.
Achu Arun Kumar, who directed the movies, explains the painstaking effort that went into the making. “The trick was to keep the lighting constant and camera steady. A slight variation in these would mean shooting everything all over again. Also, positioning of the toys and its poses had to be inch-perfect,” he says, including that the movies have been shot on the studio of music director Prakash Alex who is a part of the workforce.
For the scene from Kilukkam, the longest one but, the workforce used over 1,700 stills for the ultimate lower, chosen from greater than 2,000, initially shot utilizing primarily telephoto and wide-angle lenses. “It took us about four days to finish the Kilukkam video as there were a lot more movements to be canned, especially of Captain America’s in order to try and capture the brilliance of Jagathy chettan‘s performance in it. Where as the shorter one depicting Dileesh Pothan (caricatured as Hulk) in that funny scene where he poses for a photo at Fahadh Faasil’s studio in Maheshinte Prathikaram was easier and done in a few hours,” says Achu, who bagged the Kerala State Film Award for finest dubbing artist for the movie Theeram in 2017.
Another problem was to recreate the backdrop parts from the unique variations. Syamjith Vellora, who did the scenic design, says the workforce long-established props for the photographs out of rudimentary articles. “For instance, a discarded plywoood was plastered over with chart paper to be used as the hospital bed. In the Maheshinte Prathikaram clip, a light-blue chart paper was employed as backdrop,” he says.
Jobby says choice of the scenes for the stop-motion experiments was unanimous. “We chose them for their popularity as they easily strike a chord with any movie lover in Kerala,” he provides.