Post-its are a tool of choice for the pixelated minds of our ADD information age and here, elusive auteur, Alan Poon, uses them to pull off another fun yet deftly woven short in this music video for the Elwins. Poon has an innate sense of timing, framing and idiosyncratically spot-on progression. If you have never watched it, his strangely entrancing music video for the Bowerbirds in 2008,”In our Talons,” is a must see. Read on as the director shares with us how he and his animation team used some favorite Dragonframe tools to exercise hi-fi lo-fi prowess. Read more »
Cartoon Network’s delightfully bizarre children’s show/stoner staple Adventure Time will be debuting a stop-motion episode as part of the upcoming seventh season, set to premiere this winter. Read more »
Not a single matchbook cover in Japan survived their merciless patience. Head of the firm at Terada Mokei, Naoki Terada, a self proclaimed “architect, designer, modeler, and culinary specialist” might give J.R.R. Tolkien a run for his money in the universe-creation business. 1/100 is apparently the preferred scale for creating architectural models, but with models like these who would bother building buildings? Creator Naoki explains, “The ‘Architectural Model Accessories Sets’ which originally triggered the establishment of Terada Mokei were originally created to make life easier for myself at the office. In other words, it allowed me to be lazy…” Perhaps the one sense of scale of his that might need to be adjusted. Bravo!
Can’t be stop motion, right? But yes ’tis and we are indeed a little obsessed of late with the avant grade approach of Max Winston and how he’s been bringing his edge to the airwaves. A must see making-of video is below, and all, or at least a portion, of his bag of tricks is revealed in his creation of this collection of ‘Veggie Boogie’ spots for the Storybots. Spinning clay records so kids clean their plates! Read more »
Brazilian based Thiago Calçado teams up with Vetor Zero to re-appropriate scenes from the classic tale of Pinocchio. The animations are part of a larger documentary called “A Vida Privada dos Hipopótamos”, exploring the experiences of foreign prisoners inside Brazilian jail. Sparing no attention to detail, the sets and figures are weathered and textured to imperfection, recalling the seminal period of “Once Upon a Time”.
Additional fabrication: Fabiana Fukui
Extra animation help by: Alexandre Elaiuy & D. Lee
If you could peek inside Dan Ojari's childhood sketchbooks, you might very well find evidence of the same characters brought to life through his films today. Slow Derek, Ojari's graduate film project at RCA, Royal College of Art, London, is the tale of Derek, a common office worker struggling to come to grips with the fast pace of planet Earth. Ojari's attention to detail is evident in the careful use of light, sound, and poetic juxtapositions that frame his storytelling. Since its release in 2011, Ojari's award winning film has spun its way around the international film festival circuit, proving that Slow Derek - may not be so slow, after all.
Unapologetic gobs of paint and clay, twist, stretch, ooze and dance Allison Schulnik's fantastical characters to life. Her dynamic use of color and texture dress her moody cast of misfits in a style that is rapidly thrusting the Los Angeles based artist/filmmaker to the forefront of her field. A prolific master of many mediums; including painting, drawing, sculpture and animation, Allison, we suspect, has countless more 'tricks' to bequeath the world, from up her alchemist's sleeve.
Cinematographer Toby Howell has established himself as an in-demand point man for high pressure, artistically and technically challenging mixed media shoots. He has successfully traversed the scenes of animation and live action, participating in groundbreaking, standard setting work. His bold approach raises the bar for both high profile commercial and independent projects. He discusses how he's managed to carve this exacting and rewarding niche in animation:
Filmmaker Kirsten Lepore has been wowing the film festival circuit over the last few years, expressing themes of romantic longing using an earthy, tactile approach. Kirsten discusses her move from illustration to stop-motion animation, the physicality of her process, and her youthful beginnings as a camcorder-auteur.
Dragonframe Stop Motion Software
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