The centrepiece for the Chivas Regal Christmas production was the wooden tower that the animation takes place on. Great care was taken to make the design appealing to look at, as well as being easy to animate. The wooden aesthetic of the tower was also incorporated into every prop and character in the film.
Due to the complex camera move and rig setup for this stop-frame animation, it was important to carefully plan every detail of the film beforehand. This meant that more attention could be focused on executing the camera movement during the shoot.
Great care was taken during the model-making process to create puppets that were both aesthetically pleasing and easy to animate. Communication between the model-makers and the animation team was vital to ensure that the project ran smoothly.
Each of the stop-motion puppets were painstakingly carved from wood by hand and then individually stained. Balsa and lime wood were used due to their lightweight properties which made them perfect for animating. On top of this, the set ended up being over 3 metres tall!