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"Danny Boy"

Prod. 2010


Written and directed by Marek Skrobecki




In the making of this film I was responsible for creating the main characters' costumes. I selected the fabrics, supervised the making of the puppet's bodies and clothing.

 

The film tells the story of a particular society, in which practically everyone has both figuratively and literally lost their head. All the puppets, bar the protagonist, are headless. Through their appearance they symbolise hapless, confused characters who put very little thought into what they do. This is the film world's reality. Among them, one lone pariah remains, our protagonist, with his head firmly on his shoulders. He is the only proportionate, human-looking puppet in the film- all of the others, besides being headless, have strange deformations.

 

The style applied in Marek Skrobecki's designs had little to do with symmetry or the physical canon. It was great fun creating fourty puppets with mismatched legs, arms, deformed torsos and other anatomical flaws. Later, during the shoot, the puppets' "flaws" became the fuel from slapstick gags.

 

The costumes were a challenge. Cutting a suit to fit a misshapen Gentleman's body was hard enough, but the real trick was creating an elegant gown for the Protagonist's Fiancee, a woman with a minuscule waist and enormous hips. One Lady puppet had legs so thick, they would hardly bend, and special high-heeled shoes had to be fashioned for her to allow her to walk.

 

In an amusing twist, the Danny Boy puppets were proclaimed by the animators to be the least problematic they had ever worked with- because of the lack of heads. It is a well known fact in stop motion animation that a head is the most awkward part of a puppet, and most likely to break.