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U.S.A., 2011, 8 mins, Color (Family Friendly)

Director: Joe Schenkenberg

Many things happen around the kitchen when you're not there. Come along for the ride with the most unlikely character... a slug. Watch as he ventures into a new world filled with vibrant colors and delicious treats. However, the soothing environment is only a disguise for the evil that is lurking nearby.

First time animator, Joey Shanks brings you a "stop-motion" film like no other. With many "stop-motion" animated films are shot at 12 frames per second, many of the high paced scenes of this film have been shot between 24 - 60 frames per second.

With such a high frame rate comes "highly detailed" and "super smooth" animated sequences. With some 2 seconds clips taking up to 8 hours to capture, we hope audiences will appreciate the extra frames included. The reliance on CGI was avoided to help create an organic look and feel.

The imperfection of stop-motion animation is what makes it a magical medium of storytelling. We hope "Wiggle Room" will be a refreshing reprise to an old art form of cinema.

Joe Schankenberg
Joe Schenkenberg (aka “Joey Shanks”) has been making films for over a decade now with his small production crew in North Carolina. With over 50 short films completed, rarely were any of them submitted to film festivals. Always setting aside newly completed films and looking ahead to the next cinematic endeavor has been the overlying theme since day one. A blessing and a curse this has been.

Getting a little burnt-out with “live-action” shorts Joey Shanks decided to tackle the cinematic medium of “stop-motion animation”. Hoping to make something highly creative and get a little bit of exposure in the process. He had never done “stop-motion” before and actually referred to it as “still-frame” animation well into the mid-stages of production.

Initially, “Wiggle Room” was thought to only take 2 months of total production time. Hours upon hours of wasted animations were needed to learn the subtle nuisances of stop-motion. A “live-action” filmmaking approach was taken to a stop-motion film with 55 minutes worth of animations hitting the editing room floor. Being “naive” and/or “clueless” to animated films may have been the best thing going for this new auteur. Anyone else would have “gotten-out” in the early stages while they still could.

A recluse hermit “Joey Shanks” quickly became. Making his girlfriend move out and stay with her brother for the last 3 months of animating because their kitchen had become “off limits” and the need for food was too much to handle. 9 months later, “Wiggle Room” was completed.

Surprisingly enough, his girlfriend moved back in with him. He is no longer allowed to film in their kitchen for any reason.