The Missing Piece (缺角的圓), which took a gold medal in the digital multimedia design category (數位多媒體設計), does too. It’s a stop-motion film and each of its 220 seconds uses eight to 24 frames that are photographed one at a time, after tiny adjustments to photographed subjects are made by hand. The star of the show is a miniature doll with movable joints and over a dozen detachable faces that were hand molded, etched and painted. Most of the faces are gloomy.
“She knows her parents won’t be there for her birthday, though she remains hopeful,” said designer Chiu Hung-chieh (邱虹潔). “The film ends with the ring of a door bell, which leaves the issue open-ended. It could be the parents.”
“The film is actually based on my personal experience... My parents watched it and said that I exaggerated, but my sister watched it and cried,” Chiu said. “To an extent, my team members also experienced something similar.”
Stop-motion animation is a visibly unfinished and childlike medium that appeals to adults, her team’s intended audience.
“I think that parents in Taiwan are working hard to earn money to give their children better material circumstances, and they leave their children to nannies. What I’m trying to say to them is that a home needs its people,” she said.