Stars of Stone

  • Ash Emilie Latimer
    Director
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Science, paleontology, stop motion, education
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 26, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital camera
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Ash Emilie Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a self-taught film freelance animator and reformed academic. She got her PhD from the University of Zurich in Paleontology 2018. Her Masters (2014) in paleontology and bachelor's (2011) degree in geology and environmental science are from the University of Texas at Austin. She focuses on animation of underappreciated sea creatures and the wonder of discovery.

She was born in Australia and lives in France, but grew up in the USA and lived in Switzerland. She's French and New Zealand citizen.

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Director Statement

Rook finds a mysterious fossil that leads them on a trip through a museum and a dive in the ocean to discover more about the strange animals that left it. This stop-motion animated short is Dr. Ash Latimer's first foray into film, introducing you to the weird and wonderful creatures called crinoids and their cultural importance, history, and bizarre lives. The set creatures are modeled after real animals, and a sense of scale is given away by a few coffee beans with googly eyes.

This project was mostly shot on a Canon T3i rebel camera with pretty much no budget beyond a Dragonframe license, secondhand tools, and some craft supplies. All aspects of the film were done by one person including scratch-building the sets and puppets, sound, writing, editing, and yes, voice over. It took two years to produce and every step was a learning process.