Ever since he was a child, Woody has dreamt of playing piano. The problem is that he only has wooden paddles for hands. Stuck in a job he doesn’t want, Woody spends his days dreaming of being a concert pianist. His dreams are big...but they’re about to get out of hand.
WOODY was in production for over 2 years and developed from conversations between producer Jodi Matterson and I. There is a brilliant tactility to stop motion, and a great resonance thematically with the story of a character wanting fingers — articulated 24 frames per second by the animator’s fingers.
The first minute of the film was shot self-funded, and then we opened it up to the public and had two successful crowd funding campaigns. We were then awarded the Screen NSW Emerging Film Makers Fund which helped us source Australia’s best animators. The ambitions of this film were always bigger than our context, but it was a great challenge to try and achieve our vision as creatively as possible. We built the sets out of paper, foam-core, & cardboard so we could achieve an ‘in-camera’ look while keeping costs down. We shot black and white because coloured ink was too expensive. We sourced hundreds of Barbie clothes through Facebook to dress the crowd and were extremely fortunate to have a large group of volunteers keen to help make the film.
The process of getting to work with our brilliant collaborators on this film was completely energising and inspiring. The film is an epic labor of love and an awesome representation of creative collaboration resulting in something better than any one person could achieve. The great thing about Woody’s journey, which resonates in the making of the film, is that while Woody’s dreams are perfect – they’re only dreams. And while reality may be less perfect, it’s so much better, because it’s real.
'WHERE DID YOU GET
YOUR IDEAS FROM?'
'THE IDEAS? OH MAN...
I GOT A MILLION DREAMS...
IT'S ALL I DO IS DREAM...
ALL THE TIME'
— Duke Ellington