50 Hours of Stop Motion Animation Wins #IamAlienware Contest

As Ireland’s first stop motion feature film heads into post-production, a different animated short from that country has already captured our employees’ hearts.

And according to Ron Diamond, curator of the Animation Show of Shows, it’s pure human emotion that makes for a great short film.

frame from stop motion short with man yelling in frustration

In the case of Witold Kozlowski’s creation, that emotion shown above is the frustration of waiting hours for a slow download only to have your system crash. Luckily for our lead character in this tale, aliens heard his anguish.

You see, Kozlowski, who has worked at Dell for over five years as an upgrade engineer in Cork, Ireland, made his stop motion short as part of a recent “I am Alienware” contest among our employees.

“I really enjoyed making it and it’s really nice when you get so much positive feedback,” said Kozlowski. “I’ve been an enthusiast of stop motion animation for about 10 years.”

His first contact with stop-motion was as a kid watching cartoons.

“If I remember that was ‘Koala Brothers,’ Kozlowski said. “I did some research and found behind-the-scenes photos and articles about stop motion technique, then I bought some ‘making animations’ books and that’s how it starts.”

Entries to the contest could be any video at least 30 seconds long, but no longer than one minute, that communicated their creator’s love for Alienware. Kozlowski’s minute-long entry took him “around 40, maybe 50 hours” to create.

“Most of that time was for building the puppet of the main character and other models,” he explained. “All you can see in the movie are miniature physical items, there are no 3D computer-generated objects at all.”

a UFO hovers over a house in still from stop motion animation short

But what did Kozlowski used to stitch everything together? His Dell Inspiron desktop with Intel Core i5 processor and 6Gb of RAM.

“It’s a couple years old but still working like a charm,” he said.

As the first-place winner, Kozlowski will bring home some new hardware — an Alienware Aurora desktopAlienware 25 Gaming MonitorAlienware Pro Gaming Keyboard and Alienware Elite Gaming Mouse.

“I know the Alienware hardware and I love its outstanding design and performance. It was always my dream to get one of them,” he said. However, someone else in his household will get to enjoy this one.

“I took a part in the ‘I am Alienware’ contest as I promised my son to buy for him his own desktop, and I thought that it will be a nice surprise if I win and can give him the Alienware.”

From laptops to desktops to consoles, Alienware’s innovative design, high-performance processors and lightning-fast graphics have earned Dell’s iconic gaming brand 35 awards and counting in 2017 and the loyalty of fans around the world – including many of our own teammates.

Other top entries in the contest included one from Emily Turner of Dell in North Carolina, James Joyner of Dell in Texas, as well as Hugo Ferreira and Marek Fudala both of Dell in Slovakia Bratislava.

And now, without further ado, here is Kozlowski’s winning entry for your enjoyment.

About the Author: Laura Pevehouse

Laura Pevehouse was profiled as one of five “social media mavens” in the March 2009 issue of Austin Woman Magazine and named an AdWeek’s TweetFreak Five to Follow. She has been part of the Dell organization for more than 15 years in various corporate communications, employee communications, public relations, community affairs, marketing, branding, social media and online communication roles. From 2014-2018, Laura was Chief Blogger/Editor-in-Chief for Direct2DellEMC and Direct2Dell, Dell’s official corporate blog that she help launch in 2007. She is now a member of the Dell Technologies Chairman Communications team. Earlier in her Dell career she focused on Global Commercial Channels and US Small and Medium Business public relations as part of the Global Communications team. Prior to that, she was responsible for global strategy in social media and community management, as well as marcom landing pages, as a member of Dell’s Global SMB Marketing, Brand and Creative team. When she was part of Dell’s Global Online group, Laura provided internal consulting that integrated online and social media opportunities with a focus on Corporate Communications and Investor Relations. She managed the home page of Dell.com, one of the top 500 global web sites in Alexa traffic rank, and first brought web feeds and podcasts to the ecommerce site. In her spare time she led Dell into the metaverse with the creation of Dell Island in the virtual world Second Life. Laura has earned the designation of Accredited Business Communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Louisiana State University. Before joining Dell Financial Services in 2000, she worked at the Texas Workforce Commission and PepsiCo Food Systems Worldwide.