A QUALITATIVE STUDY OF THE VISUAL IMPACT OF STOP-MOTION ANIMATION FILMS ON ITS AUDIENCE
This paper proposes a qualitative study to investigate how 3D stop- motion animation films impact the audience. An exploratory interview was conducted with nine participants who are at similar ages and have had some level of education about film studies. Based on some basic literature about stop- motion, combining with the information given by the participants, this research focuses on the impact that stop motion films have on an audience which does not have much knowledge about how the films have been made. The research is conducted by keeping two feature-length films in context- The Little Prince (2015) and The Boxtrolls (2014). Through analyzing five aspects: Responses related understanding the preconceptions and knowledge about stop-motion animation among the general audience, verifying the concept of tangibility and materiality among the general audience, understanding the audience’s opinion on the relationship between stop-motion and the ‘uncanny’, Understanding how the technique of stop-motion animation influences the audience’s experience of watching a film, understanding whether the knowledge about the technique influences the audience’s decision to watch a film, the key findings include how the participants feel about the technique of stop- motion animation, especially their overall thoughts or attitudes toward it, and what are the visual impacts of the medium, and the other related phenomena.