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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)