Skilful character design in Frame Studio’s spirited new short, 'Alice'

Alice is a lively 60-second short created by Montreal-based digital production house Frame Studio in celebration of Quebec’s cultural diversity. Commissioned by Canadian agency Bleublancrouge for Loto-Quebec, the film marries traditional animation with 3D to create a striking papercut effect – with a dash of stop-motion thrown in.

Several techniques were used to produce the short, which whisks the viewer through eight diverse character-filled lands – you can watch it below. Starting with concept drawings of the layouts and characters, the team developed 3D models with multiple but slightly varied assets that, when used in sequence, provide the stop-motion look.

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