200 people worked on the “retelling” of the paintings. The result was perhaps the strangest film of the year.
200 fans of the first “Shrek” re-animated cartoon scene by scene. Since different people worked on different fragments, each segment turned out to be unique.
Apparently, some of the fans turned out to be professional animators, while others had to use intuition and improvised means. In the “retelling” version, you can find a cardboard animation, as well as scenes drawn frame by frame in a simple graphic editor, like Paint.
Grant Duffrin and a group of comedians from Milwaukee 3GI came up with the idea and are holding “Shrekfest” – “the annual celebration of love and life” on every Wisconsin labor day. Daffrin told Wired that all the fans who participated in the “re-filming” met online and gathered for a single project.
According to the author of the idea, before starting work he revised “Shrek” and divided it into 96 scenes. Each fragment Duffrin placed in a separate folder and compiled a table in which he offered to take over the “re-shooting” to everyone.
The document also contained rules for fans not to go beyond what was reasonable, however, according to the author, “no one read them.” In the end, he allowed participants to be “as creative as they want.”
All the fans were working on their scenes at the same time. As 15-year-old Alex said, one of the participants in the experiment, he never animated anything in his life. So when he had one day left to complete the scene, he took paper and colored pencils and went to work.
Scene Alex, when Shrek first sees fabulous creatures in his swamp – lasts only a few seconds. However, the guy painted 10 images for her.
I’m not the greatest artist, so it took about 30 minutes.
As noted by Alex, the picture may seem strange to someone, but he considers it a masterpiece of Internet art.
When you have been on the Internet long enough, your brain really begins to appreciate the strange things that artists can create. Of course, Mona Lisa is beautiful, but it is much more interesting for me to look at the terrible 3D model of Shrek, who is jumping on the screen with fancy music in the background.
Some fans recreated their scenes in a puppet show format, and even drew freelancers from Fiverr for voice acting. And for the scene with “spicy” baked a real gingerbread.
However, after all the authors sent their scenes, Daffryn still needed to turn them into a single film. He had to change some segments himself so that the picture coincided with the original in time of each scene.
According to the author, it was a “very pleasant and difficult puzzle.” The first “rough” montage of the picture was viewed in September at a Twitch broadcast of 8 thousand people.
“Shrek: Retelling” is not the first picture that fans re-shot that way. In 2009, the same was done with the fourth episode of “Star Wars” – then the movie was remade by thousands of users, making their 15 seconds. And in 2014, 50 directors rescinded Robocop from 60 different segments.
As noted in Wired, it differs from other fan “remakes” of Shrek that in recent years it has become a serious part of Internet culture.
The Internet has become obsessed with Shrek. They [users] treated him like a god, while at the same time animating him in as terrible ways as possible.