Tooth Farmer is a 2-minute hybrid animated short film combining stop-motion puppetry with a 3D environment. Tooth Farmer is a vital story as it was developed over four years and getting closer to the artist's goal of creating a successful stop-motion armature puppet that is durable for an entire stop-motion short. The story is a different take on the Tooth Fairy mythology that varies from culture to culture. This story offers an alternative to the world of the Tooth Fairy folklore. In Tooth Farmer, a little mouse lives inside a person's mouth to help maintain tooth hygiene. The film focuses on unique character designs with environmental concepts resembling a person's mouth. Armatures from the company LAIKA and Aardman Studios heavily inspired the explorations of stop-motion puppetry. Using the Elegoo Mars Pro 2 and Standard Photopolymer Resin to create 3D printed heads with 23 facial expressions for the main character was a huge goal and purpose for creating this animated short film. Delving deep into research for building a physical armature for a stop-motion puppet and compositing a 3D render scene was a challenge with harmonizing the design of physical objects with digital scenes. The paper documents the processes used in creating a hybrid film. It explains what the artist did, what the artist should have done, and what the artist can improve in the future.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
School of Visual Arts and Design
Emerging Media; Animation and Visual Effects Track
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Lachnicht, Jamie, "Tooth Farmer: Exploring 3D Printed Replacement Heads for Stop-Motion Animated Films" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1597.