Nonna is an international award-winning stop motion short film featuring a magical Sicilian grandmother. The titular character was born from a love of my family's southern Italian island heritage and an interest in imbuing that Mediterannean culture with my own twist of magic and oddities. Influenced heavily by the global pandemic, I also represent themes of solitude, and of cooking as a form of company in times of loneliness.
The protagonist, Nonna, is created out of felted wool and has a fully articulated wire armature skeleton that allows her to come to life through animation.
The props were created to imbue a sense of lived in coziness to Nonna’s kitchen. Most props were handmade, and a few were found and modified by the artist to fit the old and magical atmosphere of the film. Tiny "herbs" were dried and bundled from real plants.
The set of the film was constructed on plywood that was raised up on 2x4s so that the puppet and set pieces could be attached underneath and screwed down as necessary. Other set pieces were made with cardboard, paperclay, and polymer clay.