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Špela Čadež recaps Netflix's iconic series in stop-motion technique

Ljubljana, 12 June - Slovenia's animated film artist Špela Čadež, working in collaboration with production studio Finta, has shot an animated video recapping the last four seasons of Netflix's series Orange is The New Black.

One of Slovenia's top animators Špela Čadež.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA
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Speaking for the STA on Monday, Čadež said they had been invited to do the video in a stop-motion technique by a London agency which had seen her animated film Boles.

"They wanted us to set out our idea so that this was a competition that we've won," said Čadež about their proposal featuring 22 puppets in 23 sets.

The agency told them which events from the past four seasons it wanted recapped. The series is heavily based on dialogue, as since they wanted the animation without dialogue this was a major challenge.

Čadež said they had a month and a half to make the puppets and all the sets, which had to resemble those from the series.

The product of their work is an almost four-minute-long stop-motion recap dubbed Orange is The New Black: Unraveled.

The video was produced by Tina Smrekar and directed by Špela Boles, who also designed the puppets and made them together with Žiga Lebar and Polona Černe.

Mitja Ličen recorded the video and Darja Menart and Leon Vidmar did the animation, while Ana Lazovski contributed the wigs.

Most of the Orange is The New Black fans are thrilled by the video, and they have recognised the characters portrayed, said Čadež.

The author won the main prize at the Animafest Zagreb festival last weekend with her short animated film Nighthawk, which also earned it a direct nomination for the 2018 Oscar award for animated film.

Čadež is happy about the prize because of Zagreb's regional proximity and because Animafest is the world's second largest and second oldest festival of animated film. The film was also co-produced with Croatia.

As for the Oscar nomination, Čadež said that the Academy awards "mean a lot to the public, but not to me, because their voting system is misguided in that people don't need to see the film but vote for the one they know. This is not a professional public to me...I don't think we stand a chance."

© STA, 2017