Magazine article Screen International

UK Stop-Motion Studio Animortal Wraps Debut Feature 'Chuck Steel' (Exclusive)

Magazine article Screen International

UK Stop-Motion Studio Animortal Wraps Debut Feature 'Chuck Steel' (Exclusive)

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The film is a 1980s-inspired, action-horror-comedy filmed entirely in stop-motion.

’Chuck Steel: Night Of The Trampires

Animortal Studio, the Wales-based stop-motion animation production and VFX outfit launched in 2014, has completed its debut feature Chuck Steel: Night Of The Trampires.

The film is a 1980s-inspired, action-horror-comedy filmed entirely in stop-motion. It has secured a world premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival next month.

Written and directed by Mike Mort, who also voiced many of the characters, Chuck Steel: Night Of The Trampires was shot using digital stills cameras and was produced using a crew of 150 people, with 27 separate units either shooting or prepping simultaneously in the company’s studio, a 23,000 square-foot industrial estate in Bridgend, South Wales.

The team created 425 puppets for the project. Paul Whitehouse and Samantha Coughlan also provided character voices. …

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