Magic Clay

Magic Clay

A wonderfully executed stop-motion short by animator Guldies, which makes a few simple hunks of modeling clay appear to come to life. We still haven’t figured out how he did the parts where the clay appears to jump completely off of the surface.

Building a LEGO Death Star

Building a LEGO Death Star

A wonderfully satisfying stop-motion time-lapse of the construction of the 4,016 piece LEGO Death Star, captured by Bart van Dijk. We love the way he morphed each frame of the build, so the bricks don’t just pop in, and instead emerge smoothly.

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Human Skateboard

Human Skateboard

Stop-motion animator PES dusted off one of his classic clips, and remastered it in HD for us to enjoy. This spot for Steve-O’s now defunct skatewear brand Sneaux will put a smile on your face in exchange for just 30 seconds of your day.

Infinitiude

Infinitiude

Scott Portingale’s stunning short film is an abstract look at the evolution of matter and energy, created using a mix of time-lapse, high-speed, and stop-motion photography. Incredibly, the images were were made with fluids and handmade props, not CGI.

Making a Maple Cloud Bowl

Making a Maple Cloud Bowl

Frank Howarth is back with another awesome build – this time, he’s created a wonderful turned bowl using walnut and maple, with CNC cloud-shaped forms set into the sides. The stop-motion and orbiting time-lapse of the build is just the icing on the cake. (Thanks Victor!)

Hardboiled (Trailer)

Hardboiled (Trailer)

Director Peter Sluszka’s upcoming stop-motion comedy takes on cop drama tropes, replacing the typical human cast with puppets that look like food. The film recently raised some production funds on Indiegogo, so hopefully we’ll see the whole 20 minute movie soon.

PES: Game Over in HD

PES: Game Over in HD

In 2008, stop-motion master PES scored one of his biggest YouTube hits with Game Over, which recreated the death scenes of five video games: Centipede, Frogger, Asteroid, Space Invaders and Pac-Man. This 1080p version makes it easier to marvel at PES’ genius.

OSSA

OSSA

Dario Imbrogno’s fantastic animated short film embraces, rather than hides the mechanisms that underlie the creation of stop-motion films, exposing the armatures and skeletal joints of its protagonist – and even the almighty puppetmaster behind the scenes.

Star Trek: The Beginning of the End

Star Trek: The Beginning of the End

The universe is under attack by The Red Empire, a race of robots intent on wiping out all organic life. It’s up to the crew of the NX-01 Enterprise to stop them. Jürgen Kaiser’s stop-motion fan film is an incredible achievement and a true labor of love. (In German w/subtitles)

Manoman

Manoman

(PG-13) A neurotic attending primal therapy literally coughs up every emotion he’s repressed. Simon Cartwright’s amazing and intense stop-motion short film is like Fight Club if Tyler Durden was a real being. Aaaahhhhh!!!

LEGO Ghostbusters

LEGO Ghostbusters

While it seems that most of the universe has already made up their minds about the new Ghostbusters movie, this LEGO stop-motion short from Digital Wizards is nothing but spectacular, paying tribute to the 1984 classic, and packed with lots of fun minifig cameos.

Sleepy Steve

Sleepy Steve

Meet Steve and his army of helper robots, ready to help him get ready for the day even if he’s barely awake. A funny stop -motion short film by Meghann Artes (Speed Dating). We’ll take 10,000 of that rug robot please, thanks.

Sydney 500 Tilt-shift

Sydney 500 Tilt-shift

Photographer Keith Loutit used his trademark tilt-shift time lapse to turn the 2010 Sydney Telstra 500 V8 Supercars event into a race for ants. We like to imagine Keith is a wizard and is actually bringing toys to life. The celebration scene in particular is unreal.

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Creative Spark: Deborah Cook

Creative Spark: Deborah Cook

Deborah Cook (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Boxtrolls, Coraline) is a costume designer who specializes in making clothes for stop-motion puppets. She spoke with the Oscars about what her job entails, the challenges of designing small scale clothing and more.

Lose Control

Lose Control

Kevin McGloughlin created this hypnotic music video for Shit Robot f/Nancy Whang’s equally mesmerizing dance track Lose Control using a combination of in-camera techniques including long exposures, hyperlapse and stop-motion. From the upcoming album What Follows.

Radiohead: Burn the Witch

Radiohead: Burn the Witch

After wiping out their entire internet presence, Radiohead is back with a bang. Here’s the debut music video from their forthcoming album; a sinister stop-motion short by Chris Hopewell in which a peaceful village is home to some rather nasty rituals.

Jack Black in a Stocking

Jack Black in a Stocking

During a promotional tour in South Korea, Jack Black stopped by the game show Infinite Challenge, and played a game where he wore a stocking on his head while trying to blow out a candle. His competitor, comedian Gwang hee Hwang looks even more ridiculous.

Mc Donald’s: Always Working

Mc Donald’s: Always Working

Hornet worked with Leo Burnett London to create this stop-motion commercial for Mc Donald’s UK. The studio spent 3 months building six sets and hundreds of 3D-printed and hand-painted figurines for the 60-second spot. Be sure to watch how they made it here.

Meta-LEGO

Meta-LEGO

Animator Reto Hochstrasser shares this short clip of a group of LEGO minifigs who, just like Reto himself, like to build things with LEGO bricks. Filmed entirely with traditional stop-motion and no CGI.

Android: Fingerprints

Android: Fingerprints

Animator PES‘ commercial for Google’s Android OS is a move away from his trademark stop-motion, but is still packed which charm, wit, and humor, as characters from all walks of life are replaced with finger puppets.

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Shiny

Shiny

Things escalate when a man catches a pair of thieves red-handed. Winner of Tropfest Australia 24, Spencer Susser and Daniel Campos’ comedy short film has a ho-hum story, but it makes up for it with a fun implementation of stop-motion.

Battery Life

Battery Life

Writer/director/animator Justin Nixon and team’s dystopian stop-motion short tells the story of a family of robots whose tragedy and desire for resolution leads them to the discovery of the dark secret behind the blind devotion of their fellow citizens.

Anomalisa: Tiny Things

Anomalisa: Tiny Things

In this series of all too short clips from Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Anomalisa, we go inside some of the tricks of the trade the film’s animators used to bring their tiny stop-motion world to life. Now we want to see how they made every little detail.

Bygone Behemoth

Bygone Behemoth

Stop-motion animator Harry Chaskin presents the somber tale of a washed-up movie monster as he reminisces about days gone by. You’d think that after the studio tells him he’s done, he’d at least crush, crumble, and chomp on their building for old time’s sake.

A Fixed System

A Fixed System

A factory worker has a happy, if plain life. But the daily grind gets to him, and one day, he snaps. Will he choose certain survival, or take a risk and find something new? Find out in Aaron Fisher’s modernist LEGO stop-motion film.

My Life in Monsters

My Life in Monsters

(PG-13: Language) Vice’s documentary on Phil Tippett, the stop-motion animator who helped create creatures for Star Wars, Jurassic Park and many other films. Today his studio mainly uses CGI, but his latest film, Mad God, is a stop-motion affair.

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