The Story of Ico

by Megan -

Inspired by Ico, an action-adventure game for PlayStation®, and the work of Lotte Reiniger, who mastered and pioneered the art of silhouette filmmaking, Alley Brahniuk designed, directed and animated The Story of Ico. A stop motion film made using black paper cutouts and a light box, Brahniuk’s animation was created using Boinx Software’s iStopMotion.

Ico, originally a video game, is the story of a boy born with horns banished to an abandoned fortress, where he meets Yorda, daughter of the queen. In Brahniuk’s film, Ico kills the queen in order to save Yorda from her, and then sails away. At 10 frames per second, this film used 2,000 individual photos for a film just about five minutes in length.