Jamestown Baloos (1957) [SLYT]
by Robert Breer [PDF]
) "is a frenetic, three-part stop-motion animation that features an army of everyday forms and figures — geometric shapes, a piece of string, newspaper clips, a pin-up girl, even Napoleon Bonaparte — flashing across the screen. Placed in increasingly compromised situations and choreographed to a jingoistic tune, the figures essentially become puppets of their former selves. Such unrelenting visuals recall not only Fernand Léger’s early experimental film, Ballet Mécanique
(1924), as Breer himself has mentioned, but also early twentieth-century Dadaist collage. Dada artists like Kurt Schwitters and Hannah Höch created witty, unapologetic works that reflected the chaos and violence of modern existence. Jamestown Baloos
serves, as their works did, as a pointed indictment on the absurdity of war."
Every frame of "The New America"
was laser engraved into a block of maple then photographed.
While at Cal Arts, before blogs and websites freely shared content, as animation students we would watch short films in a dark cage like room called the Palace. Projected onto the wall we screened “rare” short films, on bulky ¾ inch video cassettes or on mystical DVDs that a teacher had brought in. Of all the shorts we watched in the dingy palace there was one that was etched in my brain as both brilliant and completely insane.
It was called “The Big Story,”
and it starred three stop motion versions of Kirk Douglas: one as the young up and coming hero, another as the star in his prime, and the third the wise but curmudgie old man. [more inside]
Today saw the release of the first trailer for The LEGO Movie
, and there are some interesting things to note about it. [more inside]
"Jan Švankmajer is a major figure of contemporary East European animation whose surrealistic, often macabre work owes more to the nightmarish visions of Kafka and Buñuel than to the sunny daydreams of Walt Disney and his creative progeny. Noted for investing otherwise ordinary objects with ominous overtones, Švankmajer reached his widest audience to date with a feature-length adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice" (1988) which blended animated and live-action footage--a technique he had earlier used to hair-raising effect in "Down to the Cellar" (1983).
" -- TMC
. Often credited with influencing the Brothers Quay, they hadn't actually seen his work until relatively late in their careers, as they mentioned in an introduction to their documentary on Švankmajer
(YT playlist). More of Švankmajer inside. [more inside]
: a short, stop-motion film by Hayley Morris. [via
Homebuilding a 474mm tall model
from 1990's Robocop 2, complete with a working head
. Clips of Robocain
and the other Robocop prototypes
from the movie. All photos
from the project. Bonus music link: Front Line Assembly
performing the Robocop 2 sampling Mindphaser
The book covers at Paris's famed Shakespeare and Company bookstore come to life in this stop-motion collaboration between director Spike Jonze and designer Olympia Le-Tan, Mourir Auprès De Toi
(To Die By Your Side). [more inside]
"These giant monsters of the past are seen to breathe, to live again, to move and battle as they did at the dawn of life!" The Ghost of Slumber Mountain
(1918), by Willis O'Brien
Some early test shots
from legendary filmmaker and animator Ray Harryhausen's
unfinished film, Evolution
. [more inside]
, a lovely stop-motion film by animator Kirsten Lepore
[NSFW], explores a long-distance relationship fueled by communication via not-so-instant message. [Kirsten Lepore previously
Please enjoy one of collage artist Lewis Klahr
's haptic, romantic meditations on materiality and mortality, False Aging
, and a look at his process.
Big Bang, Big Boom
, by Blu
. A beautiful, extremely impressive stop motion depiction of evolution brought to life on walls, streets, beaches, and everything in between. (Previously,
and other films Fantoche,
) [more inside]
Near the Egress.
"Over 800 modern dryplate tintypes were made from b&w film
to produce this experimental stop-motion video of a circus. Antonio Martinez created this video to serve as a desired childhood memory of the circus, but through the mind of an adult." [Via]
This Is Where We Live
is a stop motion short film by 4th Estate. Found at Bifurcated Rivets
Norman McLaren's 1952 short film [Youtube version] Neighbours
uses live actors in a stop-motion film, to great effect.
created the soundtrack by scratching the edge of the film, which was then read by the projector.
"Once upon a time there was a game that nobody ever played, sitting on the floor in the back room of an empty arcade. The game was full of life and strife, mega-monsters and robot fights.
We Are The Strange was the title. Now meet the players who live inside, idle." The story
of filmmaker M dot Strange
and his solo indie masterpiece, We Are The Strange
. [more inside]
Scintillationa short film by Xavier Chassaing.
:"What if you watch a film and whenever you pause it, you face a painting? This idea inspired Reza Dolatabadi
to make Khoda. Over 6000 paintings were painstakingly produced during two years to create a five minutes film."
A film adaptation of Neil Gaiman's
Hugo Award winning novella, Coraline
will be out (in 3D
) in early 2009. [Previously
] [more inside]
- an excellent and creepy animated short film (official site
). Liked it? You might also enjoy the charming L'Animateur
, not least for its soundtrack. Both found via StopMoShorts
Das Rad ("The Wheel") google video
Apparently rocks speak to one another. They just do it very, very
slowly. An stop-motion short from Germany with English subtitles. Creators' website.flash