Screen Feature - My Life as a Courgette

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24 May 2017 - 10:30

My Life as a Courgette

My Life as a Courgette

My Life as a Courgette is a stop-motion animated feature film. After his mother’s sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this often strange and hostile environment. Yet with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own. Brought to life through memorably bold character designs and expressive stop- motion animation, MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE soars with laughter, sorrow, joy, and above all, stands as a testament to the resilience of the human heart. View the trailer

From the Director Claude Barras:

Stop-motion is an artisanal adventure, at the crossroads of fiction and animation, close to the values the film wishes to convey. It is, above all, the sharing of know-how and the development of goals common to all of the departments involved, with a spirit of collaboration that is the foundation for the success of this type of undertaking. Approximately sixty sets had to be designed and painted and fifty-four puppets crafted with three changes of costume. Then, over a period of eight months, we shot seventy minutes of film, on fifteen sets, at a rate of approximately three seconds per day per animator. Eight additional months were needed to add sound to the film and to assemble all of the green screen shots with the foreground shots, background shots, skies, clouds, and all of the other computer-generated sets. The process of creating and shooting the film was a two-year marathon of tire- less effort involving more than one hundred fifty “craftsmen”. However, thanks to our very efficient crew, we succeeded in establishing and maintaining a production system on a human scale throughout the shooting.

Claude Barras | 66 min | Feature animation | 2016 | France

Best European Animated Feature Film 2016, EFA European Film Awards | Academy Award Nominee Best Animated Feature | Golden Globe Nominee Best Animated Feature