Lamenting the demise of the audio cassette, we at M-I-E, thought it would be nice to try and find a fitting tribute to it’s faded glory. ‘Jammed’ is the story of a bold, heroic, Viewmaster robot, venturing into an unknown world to save an unknown soul. We had great fun making this short film, using a mixture of stop motion and 3D techniques. The music was composed by our talented friends, Dan and John, at Meanred
OFFICIAL SELECTION 2013:
Annecy International Animated Film Festival
Toronto Animation Arts Festival International
Our style was influenced by the need to find a balance between the shiny, fragile tape and the hard, plastic, retro objects. The Viewmaster head of our robot was a nice way of creating a fun and warm character, as well as paying homage to a by-gone era. The cassette itself had to feel helpless and out of control. We were also keen to create a comforting, warm, magic hour feel.
This film was made with a mixture of stop motion and 3D techniques. Cassette tape spool is very fragile and therefore difficult to handle. We created our own specific rig to manage it, making things much easier. Even the little mistakes we made, ended up adding to the film. The robot, the tape and the clouds were all made in Cinema 4D. What we love most about this film is the combination of the two techniques and how they marry so well.