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The inherent sadness of stop-motion puppets: Short film ‘Stems’

A short film by BAFTA award-winning Scottish animator Ainslie Henderson, with music by Poppy Ackroyd.

Suddenly, what was just stuff becomes this character staring back at you. What I love about stop-motion puppets is that they have this inherent sadness about them. They’re like little actors that only ever get to play one role. Everything they do is their swan song. They have a tiny little life, and then they just go back to being inanimate objects again.