Round-headed guy Raymond lives in a small town named Evergreen. Despite its size, Evergreen is known for its diverse geometric population; communities of all shapes of heads live happily together. However, Raymond always finds themself the only round-headed person wherever they go. The only explanation that Raymond could find, according to their parents, is that “the gene must’ve come from your great-great-grandma’s cousin’s sister”! Years of searching and finding their own identity have left Raymond thinking that maybe they are meant to be alone in this world……until one day.
On a sunny day, Raymond decides to go on a stroll around the block. As usual, not much is going on in the neighborhood. Suddenly, Raymond notices a highrise standing on the rear end of the street and it seems like some people are having a party on the roof. Out of pure curiosity, Raymond decides to take a look and see what’s going on. They walk down the street and enter the building. Somehow, the elevators are all out of service, Raymond sees the staircase at the end of the hallway: “fine… I’ll take the stairs. This won’t be a challenge”. After a while, Raymond is still climbing the stairs, which feels never-ending to them at this point. As they reach the end of the stairs, they find an obstacle course that cannot be bypassed in any way. Raymond’s burning desire to find out what’s on top of this mysterious highrise propelled them through the entire course! Just as they thought the challenge is over, they see two doors both leading up towards the roof. Fresh off the adrenaline rush, Raymond walks up to the first door without second-guessing. What they find is a party full of round-headed teens! Raymond is showered by feelings of shock and joy; after years of searching, they finally found a community that shares the same shapes of heads as them.
This story is an adaptation of one of my bizarre dreams. I started out by jotting down the plotline and sketching out each scene on storyboards.
I then created a simple human figure using paper and taped it so that I can draw things on the face/body if needed. I decided to use a shoebox as my “set” because I can take advantage of its structure and easily adapt it as one of my scenes.
Since I won’t have time to create other items in full detail, I decided to draw them down on construction paper and stick them to the box. Because I figured most things as I was shooting the stop motion, I forgot to take pictures for each object. Nevertheless, it was super fun experimenting with stop motion, and seeing my story on paper comes to life gave me more inspiration on how I can use stop motion as an engaging instrument for storytelling!