Stop-Motion Woodworking

Stop-Motion Woodworking

Paul Katz not only knows how to build things from wood, but he likes to document his progress on video. But he doesn’t just shoot ordinary footage. Instead, he records his work a tiny bit at a time, capturing a frame each time he makes a small change, resulting in cool stop-motion animations of his process.

LEGO Mandalorian Stop-Motion

LEGO Mandalorian Stop-Motion

This is the way… to make a LEGO Star Wars animation. Forrest Whaley created this action-packed short film featuring Din Djarin as he puts his helmet back on to pursue a valuable bounty. Rather than just featuring characters from a galaxy far, far away, it takes place in a world populated by all kinds of LEGO minifigs.

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15 fps to 60 fps Stop-motion

15 fps to 60 fps Stop-motion

Stop-motion animator LEGOEddy ran one of his 15 fps animations through a tool called DAIN, which converted his original video to a buttery-smooth 60 fps. The software not only interpolates frames but is able to properly handle depth-of-field and occlusion (objects hidden behind others.) Learn more on Two Minute Papers.

8 Stop-motion Tricks

8 Stop-motion Tricks

Want to make your own stop-motion animation? Animator Edu Puertas shows off a few simple tricks using household items like tape, wire, aluminum foil, and pillow stuffing to embellish your creations with, and give them a more finished look.

Tiny Tank Stop-motion

Tiny Tank Stop-motion

Time for Machine makes amazing metal and wood models of vehicles. Among them is a tiny tank called the “Marvel.” TOMs Modeling in Motion assembled one of these mini mechanical marvels and captured the build as a time-lapse, stop-motion video. We also enjoyed watching him put together a metal Hindenburg from AEROBASE.

Stop-Motion LEGO Pizza

Stop-Motion LEGO Pizza

Stop-motion animator Bebop cooks up a delicious pizza with the help of some unconventional ingredients, including 2×2, 2×3, 2×4, and other studded plastic blocks. The 2-minute film is comprised of roughly 3,300 photos, and an unknown quantity of LEGO bricks.

Stop-Motion Cake Slicing

Stop-Motion Cake Slicing

Animator Kevin Parry spent an absurd amount of time baking in the kitchen to put together this mouth-watering stop-motion clip. It features a hypnotic sequence of colorful cakes gradually being cut away, slice-by-slice. Now we really are in the mood for dessert. Thanks, Kevin.

Stop-motion Spidey

Stop-motion Spidey

(PG-13: Lyrics) In between his professional projects, animator Lawrence Becker of Samplertimes created a series of awesome stop-motion animations of Spider-Man turning in some precisely-choreographed dance moves. The behind-the-scenes clips are worth a watch too.

Making Stop-motion Sushi

Making Stop-motion Sushi

Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs is loaded with wonderfully-inventive stop-motion animation. Among the many scenes is one where a pair of hands artfully create a meal of sushi. Now, go inside that scene, created by Andy Biddle and Tony Farquhar-Smith over the course of 32 days.

Terminator 2 Stop-Motion Battle

Terminator 2 Stop-Motion Battle

Counter656’s latest toy figure animation features a brief, but satisfying battle to the death between Arnold’s T-800 and an army of gun-toting plastic foes, not the least of which is Danny Trejo as Machete. We so need to have that action figure now.

A Stop-Motion Master

A Stop-Motion Master

Great Big Story spent some time with stop-motion animator Phil Tippett, who worked on films like Star Wars, RoboCop, and Jurassic Park. For the last 30+ years, Phil has also been working on his passion project, Mad God, a film which he acknowledges he may never finish.

Wildlife Puzzle Stop-motion

Wildlife Puzzle Stop-motion

There are few jigsaw puzzles that are more difficult than the 33,600 piece set called Wildlife. But to make it even trickier, the folks behind this video clip put the puzzle together in the most awesome way possible – played out as a series of classic video games.

Stop-motion Ocean

Stop-motion Ocean

An up-close look at a rig built for the stop-motion film Two Balloons. The animators used an intricate network of strings and push rods to move dozens of shiny plastic layers to create the undulating waves of an ocean. The trailer for the film looks amazing.

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The Evolution of Stop-Motion

The Evolution of Stop-Motion

Stop-motion animation dates back to the earliest days of movie making. To celebrate the recent release of Kubo and the Two Strings, Vugar Evendi assembled this brief history of the wonderful technique, with snippets of films from 1900 through 2016.

Alien vs. Predator Stop-Motion

Alien vs. Predator Stop-Motion

Counter656’s latest stop-motion romp features not only the creatures in the title, but a Sandtrooper and Boba Fett cruising in the Batmobile, and Darth Vader being devoured, among other crazy sights. The least plausible part? The Sandtrooper’s precise aim.

Making Stop-Motion Puppets

Making Stop-Motion Puppets

Georgina Hayns is a Creative Supervisor at Laika, the animation studio behind Boxtrolls, Coraline and more. She recently spoke with The Oscars about how they bring a stop-motion puppet to life, a process that takes up to 6 months per puppet.

Lawn Chair Stop-Motion

Lawn Chair Stop-Motion

We can’t fathom the amount of work it took Frank Howarth to shoot this stop-motion video of a lawn chair crafting itself without a single carpenter. If it looks familiar, that’s because Frank’s bookcase and table saw posses the same magical properties. (Thanks Victor!)

Dragon Ball Z Stop-Motion

Dragon Ball Z Stop-Motion

The latest stop-motion animation from counter656 features an epic battle between Dragon Ball Z’s pumped-up SHF Broly against a Super Saiyan Goku and some robots from Gundam. None of them stand a chance against his massive muscles and spiky yellow hair.

Stop-Motion Karate

Stop-Motion Karate

Corridor Digital is back at it again, this time creating a fun top-down action flick that has two suitors duking it out over the object of their affection in a fight that reminds us of the old video game Karateka. BTS footage here.

Table Saw Stop-Motion

Table Saw Stop-Motion

Woodworker Frank Howarth shot nearly 6,000 stills, then assembled this stop-motion animation to create the illusion that his table saw and its accessories have lives of their own, and require no human intervention to operate.

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Stop-Motion Parkour

Stop-Motion Parkour

Corridor Digital freely admits they’ve got no parkour skills, but that didn’t stop them from making a parkour action video. Though they did cheat a bit – shooting the entire thing lying on the ground. It’s like that Who’s Line Is It Anyway bit.

Bookcase Stop-Motion

Bookcase Stop-Motion

Frank Howarth loves to share videos of himself building wooden items, but this one is truly special. He chronicled how he built three bookcases using nearly 6,400 photos, making it seem like his woodshop had a life of its own.

Mario Kart Stop-Motion

Mario Kart Stop-Motion

French Mario and Luigi can play Mario Kart without a video game console. Or karts. Olivier Bolduc and Simon Lachapelle made this smooth live action stop-motion short based on Nintendo’s racing game.

Stop-Motion Donkey Kong

Stop-Motion Donkey Kong

You’ll have to blow on the cartridge to start the game, but these pixel-perfect stop-motion animations of the first few levels of Donkey Kong by GuizDP are well worth the wait. The whole thing was made from melted Perler beads.

Dragon Ball Z Stop-Motion

Dragon Ball Z Stop-Motion

Animator John Huang whips out his action figure collection again, putting on a literally hair-raising battle between the Z Fighters, when supervillain Cell shows up. The animation was created from about 6,000 individual images.

Pumpkin Stop-Motion

Pumpkin Stop-Motion

A fun and Tim Burton-esque Halloween animation done by Auge de Vries by painstakingly carving 400 individual scenes into candle-lit pumpkins and stitching them together frame-by-frame.

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