Watch the stunning stop motion short Junk Head 1

Viral Video Ryan Lambie 9 Jan 2014 - 08:23

A Japanese artist spent four years of his spare time making the animated film Junk Head 1, and it's stunning. Take a look for yourself...

Grotesque, atmospheric and unpredictable, the half-hour stop motion film Junk Head 1 would be an impressive piece of work even from an established animation studio. But remarkably, Japanese artist Takahide Hori made it almost entirely by himself, creating all the characters and sets and shooting it one frame at a time.

This painstaking process took four years, and even more astonishingly, Hori held down a full-time job while making it - what you see below is the product of many, many late nights and busy weekends.

Set in a future where genetic aberrations scurry about in underground caverns, its story is told through the eyes of a human who's exploring this unfamiliar world for the first time himself.

Hori plans to make a follow-up to Junk Head 1, and he hopes to be able to work on it full-time. You can back the project for yourself over at IndieGoGo, where he's looking for $100,000 to get the two-year project off the ground. We're fascinated to see what this evidently talented filmmaker could do with the additional time and resources.

You can read the film's detailed back story on Hori's blog, here.

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Only managed to watch the first five minutes right now, but I shall surely finish it later tonight!

That guys got mad skills yo!

Brilliant, amazing what some people can do with such a low budget, puts many big budget movies to shame! looking forward to part 2 :)

Wow. Glued to it throughout. Amazing work

Love it; I hope he gets the funding he needs to do the second part.

This is genuinely incredible. What amazing vision. I really hope part 2 gets off the ground!

Why is this guy making films like this in his spare time when he should be doing this for a living. This one half hour short had more originality and imagination than the vast majority of huge budgeted movies Hollywood churns out. I look forward to part 2 with baited breath. Stunning debut of a genuine talent.

That's the beauty of working with no contraints; nobody to hold you to a timeline or budget or marketing plan. You can take as long as you want and do whatever you want.

Let's not slag the "Hollywood" system too much, for with the few exceptional shorts like this one done on a very low budget over an extended timeframe, there are uncountable pieces of junk made or left unfinished. Hollywood has produced some total gems recently.

Just like custom cars I guess. There are some lovely one-off customs made in home garages (and some laughable botched customs too), when the likes of Toyota are making transportation appliances but doing very well at it.

You can't argue with the quality and originality of this piece though - it was amazing and lovely, and I want to see more.

Astonishing

Fantastic work.

Brilliant

Couldn't watch it all as I noticed this in work, but really very good work so far. I also couldn't help but think of Claire Danes when I saw the jaw on the "nurse"/"assistant", I was waiting for it to start wobbling in that irritating Homeland--style way!

It was brilliant. I gave some him some cash. Why not I'd love to see more

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