Liebherr machines faced a very special challenge in the production of the company’s Christmas Story. Far from their usual areas of application, numerous models from the Liebherr shop found themselves in the kitchen, where they loaded and processed unusual materials. In addition to various earthmoving machines, mobile cranes and tower cranes, material handling machines and exponents from the mining, specialist foundation engineering, concrete technology and maritime cranes divisions were used.
In principle, a stop motion film is easy to make: you take a picture of an object, then you move the object a little, take another picture and finally, you string together all the photos. The more pictures per taking there are, the smaller are the movements.
The Liebherr Christmas bakery consists of 2,787 individual images, which are then played at a speed of 24 images per second. Before this can happen, though, such a production requires a lot of preparation. Every single scene is sketched out in advance so it is clear what exactly happens when and how which camera angle is necessary and which props are needed. Because at the time of the actual shoot, every movement has to be done correctly. Nothing can be moved or rearranged unconsciously. The camera has to remain in position constantly as well and only records a precisely defined area. Besides 16 models from the Liebherr shop, about 40 other props were also used.