The life of a boy as told by things on a shelf.
I am a big fan of the distinctive style of stop motion because I actually believe in the illusion it creates -- that inanimate objects have souls. Especially old things. They have an essence, a story of where they've been, and they convey it to me when I see them the first time -- sometimes so powerfully, I get goosebumps.
This is the idea I am trying to sell at Finder Not Keeper. I am trying to convince you to forget Pottery Barn and instead, surround yourself with meaningful things that speak to you, that come alive in your imagination. So I was committed to doing this project with stop motion as a tribute to the power of "things".
What I learned is that the process of making a stop motion video felt just like some of the hardest days of parenting, when you literally must move your child's limbs to achieve a desired action. I remember how exhausting the bedtime routine could be. Or getting everyone cleaned up for church. And sometimes it becomes difficult to understand the point to it all. Then suddenly the child's limbs are hairy and huge and you are looking back at a stretch of years compressed into a moment. That is the meaning of "Shelf Life". Over four hundred incremental actions that all together form a history.