Our animator worked with one of the artists, who became our hand model for the project. He posed her in the scene and she held perfectly still while he captured her movements frame-by-frame in DragonFrame stop-motion software. Some objects which were too large to fit into the box had to be removed from the scene, cut and then carefully placed back in the scene to not give away the gag.
Clean plate shots were shot for removing rigging and imperfections in the shots. Lights were used in the fireplace to simulate fire. Additional visual effects were added to the Christmas tree and fireplace to bring them to life. Music and sound effects were added to provide a true holiday touch.
This is a great example of how different mediums can be used for stop-motion.