The Plastic Pest is a stop-motion animation, focusing on the lives and interactions of insects. It is inspired by the documentary Microcosmos (1996). Using the beauty of Southern California as a background, the subjects of the film were puppets fabricated out of plastic bags. The Plastic Pest was made to raise awareness about the prevalence of single use plastic bags, and how they are a “pest” for the environment.
Filming took place in numerous locations in both Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties; a few of the sites include Figueroa Mountain, Nojoqui Falls, Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, and the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. All animation was shot outside, under natural light, on a digital SLR. Over 6,500 photos were taken to create the animation and time-lapse sequences. The puppets were created out of nothing more than plastic bags, wire, and tape.
Selected Screenings and Exhibitions:
New Orleans International Children's Film Festival - 2015
San Diego International Children’s Film Festival - 2014
Santa Barbara International Film Festival - 2014
'American Trash' - EarthWE Gallery, Bergamont Station, Santa Monica - 2014
'Transcending Trash: The Art of Upcycling' - Muzeo Anaheim - 2014
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