Martha King uses silhouette stop motion animation as a form of visual storytelling, whilst exploring themes of escape and adventure.
Coming from an extraordinary travelling theatre background, Martha’s influences stem from shadow puppetry. She’s particularly inspired by the work of female animation pioneer, Lotte Reiniger, who made the first silhouette films in the 1920s.
Martha is entirely self-taught through experimentation and makes her films from an animation studio that she built in her bedroom wardrobe! She uses hand cut puppets against a multi-plane lightbox to create an imperfect shadow effect.
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