When you work in the animation/film/games industry you normally know how things are made when you watch them, so when I saw the John Lewis Christmas Advert 2013 for the first time I knew straight away that most of the set was a miniature model and the characters were animated in 2D over the top of that film footage. But I was wrong! It’s such an interesting technique to do the 2D animation and then have every frame printed out and then each one of those still frames was then stop-motion animated in physical form in the rest of the scene. The final outcome is amazing, so their interesting technique clearly worked!
Check out the advert and other Christmas adverts from John Lewis in another of my posts.
The Falcon is a lovely short animation by Scottish Hampton that was cleverly created using old camera parts. I love the strong us of depth of field and the music (which is actually somehow continually looping in the background for me as I write this post on my tablet!).
Check out an article over on PetaPixel for more information.
This short video is a really nice introduction into what stop-motion animation is and how it has evolved.
This stop motion animation from Guiz de Pessemier of Donkey Kong truly is brilliant!
3DWorld linked me this via CreativeBloq.
This trailer for a new stop motion animated series from Disney has a lovely style and feel to it, I’m looking forward to seeing some episodes.
This stop motion chalk animation of a game of Tetris is such a simple idea and is really nicely done. Seeing the curved wall at the end of the video that the game was drawn on makes you appreciate how much time and trial and error this must have taken to make.
The Eagleman Stag is a BAFTA award winning stop motion short film from Mikey Please. It has such a lovely art style and the animation is very polished, definitely one to check out.