‘Chase Me’—Are You Ready for the First 3D Printed Film?

You don’t believe me? Well, others have created 3D printed animations, but this will be the first one that actually qualifies as a short film.

So, please welcome Chase Me, created by French animator Gilles-Alexandre Deschaud. It’s a story about a young ukele girl who embraces her fears in the dark forest, and transforms them into something beautiful.

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A few of the sets. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Some fascinating facts:

  • It took 4 months just to create the CGI animation.
  • All the sets and characters were created at 100 micron resolution using a Form 1+ 3D printer from Kickstarter.
  • There were 2,500 individual pieces which were printed from 80 liters of resin.
  • It took about 6,000 hours total to print all the pieces, or 10 months of continuous printing.
  • The whole project took 2 years.
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Some of the many pieces used. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Talking about the project on Vimeo, Deschaud said: “It’s not a fully stop-motion film, it’s not a fully CG movie either. It’s a hybrid film between two worlds, stop-motion and CGI films. I really love stop-motion. Stop-motion animation gives a lot of richness because they are not perfect, I have few voluntary or involuntary shift between each frame that i really love…

Sometimes I even kept some failures in my prints to give even more life to it

If you want to find out more, here’s the Making of Chase Me on Vimeo.

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One of the specially printed pieces. (Screenshot/Vimeo)

Chase Me will make its debut in France during the Annecy International Animated Film Festival this June.

It will also be presented as a short film during the Cannes Film Festival. The full movie will go online after all festival screening period is over.

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