Bear Prints

August 27, 2014

For their latest in-house project, creative agency DBLG turned to 3D printing as way of making their ideas solid.


Every now and then, London creative agency DBLG gives it artists free reign to explore new ideas and techniques: "It's a platform to experiment and above all have fun," says the company's founding director, Grant Gilbert.


Fascinated by the concept of 3D printing, the studio embarked on a project to explore the use of a stop-frame animation by physically producing every model in the sequence. "As a rule, everything we do is made and stays in a computer," explains Gilbert. "We were looking for a new studio project and liked the idea of making something physical out of the computer. We've always like the rawness of [Hungarian-born animator] George Pal and wanted to recreate it using modern techniques."


As the project was meant as a proof-of-concept, the decision was made to keep it relatively simple: the animation shows a bear climbing a downwards-moving escalator, effectively making the creature walk on the spot. "We aimed for a two-second, 50-frame animation loop," says Gilbert. "We started with the escalator animation and fitted the bear around it."


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