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.
I love seeing Hugo Cornellier’s annual updates to his very long term selfie project. Huge has been shooting a selfie a day from the age of 12. Recently he got married, and posted a new video for the project that has now been going on for nine and a half years.
It takes an incredible amount of dedication and forethought, to stick with something for this long. It also takes some skill to be able to compile it all together into such a great video. Although Hugo admits he’s missed a day here and there, it’s a tiny fraction of those years.
What I love about music videos is that they can show so much creativity in only a couple of minutes. Directing duo Jesse Lamar High and Nik Harper (LAMAR + NIK) created one of such videos for the song Half a Million by The Shins. It involves over 5500 hand cut stickers of the band members’ pictures, animated to show them perform in a number of crazy locations. It’s not a huge investment, yet the results are fantastic.
Sometimes, I like something so much that I get lost for words. This was my first reaction when I saw a stop motion movie WoodSwimmer by filmmaker Brett Foxwell. He turned something simple as cutting wood into a jaw-dropping video. It feels like you’re watching a deep scan of a tree, with all its perfections and imperfections. It’s a different and abstract view on something so ordinary and so familiar to us. Together with the gorgeous subject, Brett’s technique is simply amazing. So, when the two are brought together – you get a stop motion video that will make you replay it more than once.
I’ve mentioned it before – I’ve always been enchanted with stop motion movies. If you also enjoy them, you’re gonna love “Golden Oldies” – a short stop motion film by Frame Order. First of all, they use real people for pixilation. Combined with dolls, lots of patience and an interesting story, they’ve created a video that will impress you, but also make you smile.
When I was a kid, stop-motion was the thing. There were many cartoons made using this technique, and I was enchanted by them. I even tried doing it with my old camera and some toys, but of course, it didn’t look like I imagined. If you’re enchanted by stop-motion like me, you will enjoy this video from Great Big Story. It’s a story about the master of stop-motion animator Phil Tippett and his project “Mad God.” A story of decades dedicated to his passion, and the incredible result he got from it.
Most professional wedding photographers are not thrilled when someone brings up mirrorless cameras. I understand – the concept is relatively new, and there may be some distrust towards these cameras’ performance. Especially in demanding conditions such as shooting a wedding. But an example by Kevin Mullins proves them wrong. He shot an entire wedding with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and published a video which may break down misconceptions.
Stop motion and timelapse enthusiast, Hugo Cornellier reposts and updates his selfie timelapse every year or so, each time adding another 12 months’ worth of images onto the stack.
This time around, he’s decided to ramp up the production value and stabilise all of the shots giving a much smoother and cleaner video, and he’s going to show us all how it was done.
Stop motion animation is hardly a new art, but the brand new advertisement PES created for Honda takes the art form to a new level. Instead of trying to deliver a smooth animation, the advert ‘breaks the fourth wall‘ and features the hands making the animation as part of the animation itself.