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‘Taking Pictures’ | Adorable Boy Meets Girl Animated Short Film

By Hanssie on April 25th 2015

Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy flashes girl…

…with his camera. (I know where you wanted to go with that).

This is the premise of an adorable animated short film, ‘Taking Pictures‘ created by Simon Taylor, an animator and hobbyist photographer living in London. Simon was looking to make a simple and unique ‘boy meets girl’ film with “subtle” acting and “remembered a moment between my girlfriend and I where we were waiting in a queue, and both had our cameras, we started popping the flashes up at each other like a quickdraw. The rest of the story grew outwards from that moment.



The project took a year and a half to complete. Working in his spare time, Simon’s biggest challenge was getting the lighting on the characters and the proper lighting to set the scene. Simon used directional light for the sun, but getting the light on the boy and girl just right took up much of his time. Each character had a three point light setup, not only for depth, but to avoid giving them an “alien face.”

Because the two main characters don’t have a very defined nose if I didn’t get the combination of subsurface scattering on their skin and the lighting quite right they ended up with grey faces and no nose!

This 2-minute video is sure to make you smile today and maybe encourage you to go out and shoot. You never know who you might encounter!

Watch ‘Taking Pictures (Animated Short Film)’

To see just how much work, planning, and thought goes into making an animated film, check out this brief making of video by Simon:

[Via Simon Taylor/Picture Correct; additional info from iAnimate and Animation Seven]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Lissette Garcia

    Very CUTE video.

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  2. Thomas Horton

    I would like to see the second part after they are married. She dumps him for a guy with a Phase One and takes all of her husband’s gear in the divorce. /cynical. :)

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  3. Thomas Horton

    Very nice video. :)

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  4. Cristian Agostini

    Cute indeed, and solid animation work too.
    Hope to see something from him in the future

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  5. Dylan Martin

    Thank you for sharing :) That was cute.

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  6. Graham Curran

    No offence Hanssie, but when something gets flagged as “adorable” or “cute” to pique my interest then it is usually a turn-off.

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    • Hanssie

      Well, the film is very cute and quite adorable. Can’t please everyone with every article, but I’m sure those that don’t get turned off by “cute” will appreciate it. I’ll make sure to find something that fits the “blood and gore” genre for next time :)

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    • Graham Curran

      My point is that I don’t need to be told that something is cute or adorable, not that I’d rather have something more violent. I like to make my own value judgements on what I find cute or adorable. ;)

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    • Ed Rhodes

      Lighten up Francis

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