Cut Copy has unveiled the video for “We Are Explorers” and as far as I can remember, it’s the first video created using 3D printers. Not only that, but it’s stop motion. So, yeah, directors Kawamura & Aramique really went all out with this one.
The video features miniature characters exploring the streets of Los Angeles, collecting various items as they go. As the directors explain, “We wanted it to be tactile, to feel like a real adventure and felt we could accomplish this by creating a tangible character that we would shoot outside on location in every place.”
Watch their effort below, then go ahead and create your own. Cut Copy has provided the 3D files to the video via BitTorrent. “Our goal with BitTorrent is to hand everything over to the public,” Kawamura & Aramique explained. “Our storyboards, stop-motion technical plans, 3D files for every figurine, and see what they do with it. Even if people just print the 8 figurines that make up the running sequence there’s so much they can do and so many places the story can go.”