Monday, 25 January 2010

Over the hills and far away.

"paper horse stop motion animation test"

The stream appears, ripped from a white sheet of paper, ripples appear and move down the stream as a horse gallops across the paper and out of shot. Grass appears as the horse gallops across again giving the illusion of distance traveled.
Although this is a short film it works beautifully. I like the use of lighting to show shadows and I think that the music adds to the feeling of movement.
A simple idea but the intricately cut-out models makes this a very successful test.
Also effective, is that the tools are kept in shot, whether intentionally or not.
I enjoyed this immensely and would have liked to have seen more.

Stick man, oh where are you?

"My Little Tiny Stick Figure Friend!"

Stick man is about to be flattened by firstly, a 5ton weight, then a 69ton weight. The drawing changes and part of the weight falls on the door and stick man is in danger.!! All is well as a friend comes to the rescue.

I think the beginning and endings work really well especially with the idea of stickman being alive kept up right to the end with the use of a newspaper article.
The simplicity of the materials work for me as well and although the music is slightly irritating it fits in with the video.
Where the word 'yes' is written at the end, I like the way the animator moves the parts of the 's' around but the shadow of the hand earlier in the movie is distracting.

Drifting off

The animator on this film really made me smile... a beautiful ending to a lovely film.
This butterfly (drawing) flies off, lands in a book.... a snake wends its way to a sign, travels onwards and then ends up as a butterfly again. More adventures follow.
I like the use of drawings, real objects and models together. One of my favourite parts is when the fish dive into the bottles full of coloured liquid and then plants grow up the wall. Then the final drawing of the girl floating off holding balloons turns back into a bas-relief sculpture is just lovely and quite final.

Everything stops as the key turns in the door.....

I think the music fits the imagery being light and delicate.

So, you want to be an artist's model?

"Wooden Model"
This wooden model is portrayed as a human model for an artist doing life drawing but gets tired of staying in one position much as I'm sure real life models do. He gets bored and taps his foot, muscles tiring so the arm drops. Here the artist begins to get annoyed with having to keep adjusting the model.

I like the way the wooden figure rubs it's eyes to wake up and the music seems to have been picked to be a bit silly which fits the imagery. The pencil sounds are perfect for showing what's going on out of shot and the 'Grrr' sounds from the artist. When the figure gets a bit cheeky and tries to annoy the artist by changing position completely then the relationship between artist
and model shows most.
All in all, I really enjoyed the film but think the fantasy was spoiled when the figure walked off because of the wire sticking out.

Monday, 18 January 2010

dream dancing

This animation is a video for the song - 'Her Morning Elegance'
by Oren Lavie.
The sleeping woman has either adventures as she sleeps
or dreams.
The time passes as shown by the light from the window but
then stops as the action takes place. When you hear
a cello in the music one appears in the shot. I love the use of
bed linen/pillows to act as props and mood/scene changes,
also the socks as fish and the movement of her hair to simulate
wind blowing is very effective.
But my favourite part is when the singer and the sleeping lady dance.
Then the light through the window moves again and time starts
once more.

first animation

Have just completed the photo part of my first animation,
538 photos!
and pulled muscles from twisting around the set up camera,
but worth it. Now I've got to set it to music.
what sounds, what sounds? Hmmm!

Monday, 11 January 2010


Welcome to my first ever blog.
Oh dear, here we go!
Learning about stop-motion animation is opening my eyes
to so many new ideas, exciting or what!

Growing up I was introduced to 'Morph' on Take Hart,
one of my most favourite bits on tv.
This loveable, irreverant character created havoc
as Tony showed us art techniques.
He arrived on our screens from Aardman Studios,
which is now well known for 'Wallace & Gromit'.