For this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup, we made a series of stop motion animations featuring a modified Subbuteo football team.

As the women’s teams aren’t well represented by Subbuteo yet, we altered a team to create one representative from each of the teams in the tournament.


If you’re not familiary with Subbuteo, they’re small plastic football players stoff on discs. It was big in the 80s!

The small size means tiny moves when animating, and we were switching between 24 and 12 frames per second depending on how fast the figures were moving.

We used Dragonframe 4 software. The aim was to create quick GIF style content to be shared as and when goals were scored and matches were won.


Shot by Peter Ellmore using our latest bit of kit, the Laowa 24mm f/14 Probe Lens. It’s a crazy looking lens, and with good lighting or a slow shutter speed gets some crazy results. With it we were able to get super close to the action and make it seem like you are in the game.


Made by: Picturesmith
Director of Photography: Peter Ellmore