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Making faces: Inner struggles laid bare in new film exploring mental health

Claymation production brings together actors, craft and digital techniques

A new film by director Sam Gainsborough explores themes such as isolation, anxiety and depression through the medium of claymation.

Facing It is the story of a man struggling with his relationships with friends and family. The animated faces of the characters swirl and contort to reflect each person’s frame of mind, in an effort to highlight the personal struggles that often remain hidden in those we encounter every day.

The faces – each roughly double the size of a human head – were made using a combination of actors, green screens and stop-motion, as well as more than 1,100 pounds of plasticine. Watch the film above, and see how it was made in the behind-the-scenes footage below.

Last year, Crafts magazine explored the link between craft and mental health, with our writer, Stuart Jeffries, asking whether craft should be available on prescription. As the positive benefits of making on the mind become ever clearer, here are 7 easy ways to get crafting to boost your wellbeing. 

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