Trending: Stop Motion Animation

We love a bit of Stop-Motion animation here at TellyJuice. And it would seem so does everyone.

Remember Tony Hart‘s mischievous plasticine friend Morph? Aardman Animations have appealed to Kickstarter for a fund of £7500 to make 12 x 1 minute All New Morph films. Fans were so excited at the prospect that the target has been smashed and Aardman have already raised £104,000 with 3 days to go.

Stop-frame is a highly creative animation art through which one can give life to inanimate things. It works by shooting a single frame of an object, then moving the object slightly, and then shooting another frame. When the film is played continuously, the illusion of fluid motion is created and the objects appear to move or change by themselves. This is similar to the animation of cartoons, but using real objects instead of drawings.

Stop motion animation has a long history in film. It was often used to show objects moving as if by magic. The first instance of the stop motion technique can be credited to Albert E. Smith and J. Stuart Blackton for Vitagraph‘s The Humpty Dumpty Circus (1897), in which a toy circus of acrobats and animals comes to life – sadly lost and gone. The first example we can see is from 1902, called Fun in a Bakery Shop“ a movie made by Edwin S. Porter and produced by the one and only Thomas A. Edison.

Most recently admired in the John Lewis Bear and the Hare Christmas advert which was estimated to have nearly 4,000 frames in total and took 6 weeks to produce, at a small cost of £1 million pounds. With a further estimated £6 million in airtime, John Lewis are clearly a huge fan of the technique. Here is the behind the scenes making of video…

Here is another awesome example that we love by face-painter and artist Emma Allen. It was comparatively quick as it took just 5 days, some facepaints, a mirror and a camera.

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