Cool Make-A-Wish stop-motion animated short
I have a cool stop-motion animation video here to watch titled We are Batman! The video is the result of Make-A-Wish connecting 12-year-old Brooker with the stop motion team at Reckless Abandonment Pictures to create the short because it was Brooker’s wish! Booker suffers from a rare disease called Shwachman-Diamond.
The video came up with the following details for the project:
Oklahoma studio Reckless Abandonment Pictures is back with a “Bat-Tastic” stop motion to grant a wish for a 12-year-old with a rare disease by helping him create a stop-motion animation of Batman. Happy Batman month everyone!
Reckless Abandonment Creative Director Kyle Roberts is known for his stop-motions, facilitating commercial work for LEGO, DreamWorks, Disney, Hasbro, Mattel, and more.
“Make-A-Wish contacted me and told me they have a 12 year old who loves animation and our stop motions,” said Roberts.
Booker, who has a rare condition called Shwachman-Diamond, has a passion for stop-motion animation and wanted to check out the Reckless Abandonment studio for his wish.
“I felt honored that they even thought of us, but I wanted to upgrade Booker’s wish by producing a STOP MOTION ANIMATION with him! The wish was therefore expressed that Booker would produce a stop motion with our team, ”said Roberts.
“Early in pre-production, we asked Booker what his favorite superheroes were. First, Batman, then Superman, Joker, Harley Quinn, Wonder Woman and Robin. Our team crafted a short story with Booker and once we locked the story, we started storyboarding and animating the stop motion, ”said Roberts. Booker’s take on why he loves Batman; “Three main reasons. Because he’s good with technology (Batarangs). He’s trained as a Ninja. His costume and personality are scary but he’s good.” All points correct!
Booker came to the studio for one of the animation days and also made a live appearance with his dad! After 1,200 individual photos and 3 weeks of work, the stop motion animation part of the production was completed. Booker also came to the studio for a day during post-production where the team explained composition and rotoscoping tips and tricks. “I enjoyed spending time with people who love stop motion as much as I do. I’m grateful to the Reckless team for explaining how it works. It was a dream come true to do this stop motion with them, ”Booker said.
“I am very grateful that The Reckless and Make-A-Wish is caring for children like me who have an illness,” Booker said.
“Booker is such a radical guy,” said Roberts. “I was amazed at how quickly he started to animate with the toys. Booker is also a pretty amazing artist. Our team took one of his designs and 3D printed / painted it! Meet Papalo, a mutant vegan teen! Booker had quite a story about Papalo. I asked him if he was a hero or a villain … and Booker replied ‘He’s a bit of both.’ “
It must have been a great experience for Brooker and everyone involved. What they ended up doing was fun and I hope you enjoy it!