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Fresh Guacamole by PES

January 11, 2013 | By More

Director PES follows up his stop-motion hit Western Spaghetti (2008) with Fresh Guacamole (2012). The film premiered in March 2012 as part of Showtime’s “Short Stories” series.

Fresh Guacamole features an unseen cook using a series of unusual ingredients to prepare a bowl of guacamole. Some of the objects used as “ingredients” include grenades, a baseball, dice, x-mas bulbs, a miniature golf ball, and poker chips. The hand’s in the video also belong to PES, the filmmaker.

PES spoke with One Point Four magazine to give a deeper insight into his creative process:

I had the core idea of a grenade as an avocado. Even though this type of grenade is referred to as a “Pineapple Grenade” I’ve always thought they looked more like avocados. I built the film around this idea, filling in the blanks and ingredients around it.

One of the things that helped in making Fresh Guacamole smooth is that in real life I am a decent cook. I know how to handle a knife and can draw on this knowledge in breaking it down into a still image sequence. Animating your own body like this requires a balance of math and art. I make a quick computation in my head about how many frames I need to make something look the way I want it to, then intuition has to kick in and I have to trust my instincts while animating. I definitely have to enter a zone.

This short was just nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards (2013). Tune in to the Oscars on Feb. 24, 2013 to see if it wins!

[via Youtube & One Point Four]

 

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