The Toy Story movies are favorites for so many people, but Morgan and Mason McGrew perhaps like it a bit more than you or me. The two brothers from Des Moines, Iowa recreated the entire Toy Story 3 film from scratch. They used toys and shot them in stop-motion to show what their favorite movie would look like in real life. It took them eight long years to make it, but they stayed committed to their project. And now, their wonderful piece is finally finished and available to watch.
Shooting stop motion animations or even timelapse can be difficult enough without adding something as already complex as light painting into the mix. Light painting just on its own can be something of a challenge when you’re trying to draw something for the camera over the course of a long exposure.
But for photographer Darren Pearson, it’s no bother at all. He excels at creating light painting animations, and we’ve featured him a couple of times before. She Lights the Night slipped by us when it was posted to YouTube a few months ago, but now we’ve seen it and we’re sharing it with you because it’s awesome. It was created using 1,012 individually light painted long exposures.
I love creative music videos and stop-motion movies, and we’ve featured quite a lot of both here on DIYP. Still, it looks like directors always find new ways to amaze us. The video for a song UnAmerican by Said The Whale brings music, creativity, and stop-motion together in a fantastic way. It seems like it was made with visual effects, but no – there are no effects whatsoever. The video was made using only physical, printed photos. Over 2,000 of them!
Do you think that one day we’ll be able to teleport? Well, if you have an idea and good video editing skills, you can even do it now. In a way. Stop-motion animator Kevin Parry “teleported” himself across the USA using his animation skills, and he did it all just to get one good touristy photo. Check out his teleportation in the amusing video below.
Comedian Ryan Higa says he’s not very good at dancing. So he found a solution how to dance without moving, and the solution is stop motion animation. It took almost a week of standing still and over 4,000 photos to turn Ryan into a dancer who can pull of all sorts of wacky moves, and even walk on water. The stop motion video he ended up with is pretty awesome, and he also shared the BTS video to show you how it was all done.
Very long-term timelapse projects such as this have started popping up more and more lately. Given the time when such technology became available that we always had a camera with us in our pockets, it’s not surprising. It was around 8 or so years ago that we started to see not-completely-terrible cameras appearing in our phones.
Most of the projects like this that we’ve seen so far, though are made by men. This one, though, isn’t. It’s been created by a design student who goes by the name Eadington. She says that she was inspired to start the project after seeing some other selfie-a-day projects. and it’s mesmerising to see the dramatic change in appearance from such a young age until now.
So, you’ve seen plenty of splendid stop-motion videos, and you’ve finally decided to make your own. Rob Nelson of the Rob & Jonas duo will show you where to start and how to make your very first stop-motion video. You don’t need fancy gear and a lot of money to start. If you have a smartphone, it’s basically free. You need some props, a few hours of your time and the willingness to do it, that’s all.
Creating stop-motion animations requires a lot of patience, and of course – creativity and skill. We’ve featured quite a lot of them, in short films and music videos. And now, I’ve stumbled upon a great collection from Swedish artist Alexander Unger.
Alex is a sculptor, but he creates stop motion animations in his free time. He combines his sculpting skills with photography and creativity to create fun and really interesting short stop-motion films. Sometimes it takes him months to create one video – but it’s well worth the time and effort.