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.
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.