Stop-Animation Pokes Fun at the Nation
Tired of hearing the monotonous coverage of the presidential election? Have a look at this interesting take on the campaign designed by an Irishman. The quirky creations come from David Quin, a Tipperary-based animator and filmmaker, who uses stop animation of comical figurines to create the political satire. See more at his website, cutbacks.ie.
The stop animation is created in a small studio in Ballingarry in the animator’s back garden. According to a recent profile on Quin:
David makes all of the props and characters himself and really is a one man operation as he films, writes scripts and does the voices…David is also a lecturer in the Film and Media department at IADT in Dun Laoghaire. He lectures on film making, animation and CGI. He believes that a strong education in the technical side of the industry is ideal as it leaves the way open for the creativity to flow, which is what is needed for animation.
From Tipperary Star
Though Quin has yet to recreate all of the candidates, here are some of our favorites so far. In the video below, candidate Michael D. Higgins tells the Irish people what it takes to be the president. His small stature is played up as his strongest selling point.
Have a look at Martin McGuinness like you’ve never seen him before, even accusing his Fine Gael competitor of using “black magic” (in the form of a voodoo doll) against him.
David Norris’s eccentric personality is played up in this stop-animation take on him.
No one is safe from Quin’s animation; even current Taoiseach Enda Kenny was not immune to the political satire.
Luke “Ming” Flanagan, a Roscommon/South Leitrim TD, also had to have his say on the election.