From the Heart
Iain Blair, CINEMATOGRAPHY WORLD
March 26, 2023
"We shot it like a live-action film... and had the flexibility to use handheld a lot"
Based on the three-minute Internet viral hit of the same name, Marcel The Shell With Shoes On is the funny, poignant and delightful story of Marcel, a chatty, anthropomorphic one-inch-tall shell living with his grandmother Connie (voiced by Isabella Rossellini) who is struggling with dementia. Directed by Dean Fleischer Camp and co-written with Saturday Night Live veteran Jenny Slate, who also voiced Marcel, the film combines live action, shot by cinematographer Bianca Cline, with stop motion shot by Erik Adkins, and animation supervised by animation director Stephen Chiodo (Killer Klowns From Outer Space).
Here, Cline, whose credits include Murder Among The Mormons (2021) and the Peabody-nominated Belly of the Beast (2020), talks about the challenges of shooting the Oscar-nominated film in the animation category.