Journey Through A Melting Brain (The Stratacut of David Daniels)
David Daniels is the master of strata-cut animation
, "a form of clay animation in which a long bread-like "loaf" of clay, internally packed with varying imagery, is sliced into thin sheets, with the animation camera taking a frame of the end of the loaf for each cut, eventually revealing the movement of the internal images within.... [I]n strata-cut, you build your imagery not just in X, Y, and Z space, but also considering time as a dimension, and the most important one." Daniels' films
are mesmerizing explosions of color. In an interview with Art of the Title, he discusses the history of the process, his own trajectory, and how to make your own strata-cut animation
(in a video demo at the bottom of the page).
posted by ocherdraco
on Mar 4, 2013 -
The Eagleman Stag
is an award-winning stop motion animation film directed by Mikey Please with a striking visual aesthetic. The website for the film offers a "How It Was Made" video
that is, in itself, highly engaging, but comes with a warning: "BEFORE WATCHING THIS, WATCH THIS
. THEN ASK YOURSELF IF YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW." If that link puts you off "making of" media, then perhaps you can watch more of Please's work: Spectacular View
, Seven Legs
, Animation Tag Attack EP-10
, title sequence for The Rabbit Lover
, Picasso Pictures Christmas Card
posted by ocherdraco
on Feb 6, 2013 -
"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]
posted by filthy light thief
on Sep 23, 2012 -
is an entertaining little stop motion short about what happens when video game characters escape the confines of their consoles. [more inside]
posted by quin
on Jul 23, 2012 -
- An amazing-stop motion Lego skirmish relying almost exclusively on practical effects.
posted by quin
on Mar 28, 2012 -
The band "OK Go" are using their signature blend of pleasant indie pop and quirky, home-grown videos to teach kids about primary colors
in a new short for Sesame Street. - SLYT
posted by Slap*Happy
on Jan 31, 2012 -
"An egg and an apple build competing broadcast towers that vie for the attention of a transistor radio." [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Dec 25, 2011 -
「こくせん ― 黒板戦争」
(Blackboard War) is a homemade stop motion video created by some students (out of more than 2500 still photos) for their school's culture festival. There is also a sequel
(made from more than 3000 photos this time).
posted by emmling
on Nov 30, 2011 -
Address is Approximate.
"A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View."
posted by BoringPostcards
on Nov 23, 2011 -
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]
posted by Horace Rumpole
on Oct 19, 2011 -
(notes on) biology
, a short stop-motion animation (5.39) by ornana films, features a robot elephant. You have to wait a bit, but it's worth it. Stuff gets good at about 2.25.
posted by bwg
on Apr 25, 2011 -