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Said The Whale - UnAmerican (Official Video)

Uploaded by YouTuber Said The Whale.

Everything seen in Said the Whale’s video for UnAmerican was created by hand using 2,250 separate pieces of paper, each printed with a frame of a previously filmed performance video. Each piece of paper was then photographed on set frame-by-frame. The video, released November 5, 2018, was produced by Johnny Jansen in association with Foreshadow Films and Amazing Factory.

Jansen, posting as Something_happened on Reddit, said “The entire process took about 80 hours. We started by filming the bands performance and making an edit. Then we used the edit to plan out an animatic which we would used to guide our stop motion process. Once the animatic was finished, I exported the video as a jpg sequence at 12fps, separated the files by each scene in PDF files and sent them out to the printer. Once we had the prints we used software to line up each frame with the previous one and slowly made the video. I embedded the time code on each frame so we could match it with the animatic.”

It’s attention grabbing from the opening shot of the first photo emerging from the printer. Of course, it’s not really emerging the printer. “We actually measured out where to cut each photo to make it animate,” said Jansen. “It took like four hours just to do the opening shot.”

Speaking of the printer, when Jansen was asked how much they spent on paper and ink he replied, “Not that much as you may think! Under $700 actually.” Remember that gang. When it comes to printing; the more you buy, the more you save.

Redditor sylo18 did the math regarding frames per second and, in addition to providing some lovely compliments, noted, “Only 2250 photos (as if that isn’t loads! Haha) I just mean for a 3 minute song I thought it would be closer to 4000 photos.”

“It would have been 4,500 if we did it at 24fps but we chose to make it 12fps,” explained Jansen. The decision worked because the jumpy motion compliments the beat and energy of the song.

Another subtle touch that stands out is the way the utensils move with the beat in the kitchen scene. “That one scene took five hours,” said Jansen. “When the knife cut through the page we had to cut hundreds of photos in the exact spot.”

Uploaded by YouTuber WaveMachines.

A final note from Jansen, one that may resonate with StopMotionPlanet readers: “Way more work than anticipated but 100% worth all the effort!” he said.

If you like the video for UnAmerican, you may also enjoy a video that may have inspired Said The Whale and Johnny Jansen. If cutting hundreds of photos in the kitchen for UnAmerican was tough, then the cutting required for the multi-layered animation in the video for Wave Machines’ The Greatest Escape We Ever Made, released August 3, 2009, must have been an incredible challenge.

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new stop motion every day

Uploaded to Instagram by franticframes.

76 days ago on November 2, 2018, animator Ben Treat began uploading stop motion shorts to his franticframes Instagram page.

Daily uploads. As in every day. And he hasn’t missed a day since.

This first linked animation, Planet Earth (January 4, animation number 64), took around six hours to create. “I used the Stik Bot app to create this on an iPhone 6,” explained Treat. “The Earth was created using cardstock paper, and the camera was supported on a sheet of glass suspended two feet in the air.”

Uploaded to Instagram by franticframes.

The sixteen year old, self-taught Treat has been animating for two years with the goal of inspiring others. “I started after seeing an animation by PES, and decided to try myself,” he said.

Treat plans on continuing his daily animations and perhaps working on some short films. He encourages viewers to DM him on Instagram with inspiration or to visit fiverr for information on ordering a custom stop motion.

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Paper Crease Animation

Someone inspired by artist Simon Schubert’s Paperwork series has created a mesmerizing gif using only creased paper. The achievement of light, depth and motion is dazzling and we’ll bet you can’t watch just once. Some viewers say it reminds them of the video game Doom or the music video for a-ha’s Take On Me. It may not be true stop motion animation but it’s some much-needed eye candy on The Planet after some of the non-PG material that’s been popping up lately around here!

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Uploaded by YouTuber Lee Hardcastle.

Lee Hardcastle will be the first to tell you that his stop motion animations are not for children. Whether it’s recreating sixty-second claymation versions of horror films such as The Exorcist and Texas Chainsaw Massacre or using claymation cats to retell Evil Dead II, Hardcastle is always pushing the boundaries unlike any other stop motion artist.

Put the kids to bed and turn out the lights before watching Curtains, described as “Room One of (the) creepy horror claymation series Spook Train.” Better yet, watch on a bright afternoon and queue up a couple of puppy gifs to follow up with for a thorough eye bleaching. Seriously for all you youngsters out there, this is rated R.

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NINJA CYBORG / The Sunny Road

Uploaded by YouTuber NinjA Cyborg.

French synthwave musicians Antiphon Martin and Botté Marc of NinjA Cyborg turned to Freaks Motion Studio for their kick-ass stop motion music video for The Sunny Road. The video was released in early December and was directed by Jef Durbana with assistant director Olivier Hernandez and setting designer Matthieu Andro. Click the links to learn more about Freaks Motion Studio or NinjA Cyborg music.

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Last Blast of Holiday Spirit

Uploaded by YouTuber MrSpyderman1979.

It’s not too late, is it? Not when it’s a wintry blast from the past featuring The Temptations, as the California Raisins, singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in this beautifully animated short. Originally broadcast on December 21, 1987 as part of Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas Celebration, this is bound to stir up some special memories for older stop motion fans. Enjoy these three minutes, then put Christmas in the rear-view for good.

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The Killers by Ernest Hemingway

Uploaded to Vimeo by Silleck Family Productions.

Silleck Family Productions has released the first of a series of films that can best be described as Stop Motion Noir. Their adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s minimalist short story The Killers beautifully captures the bleakly lit, gritty feel of a classic black-and-white noir film complete with extreme angles along with clever use of focus and foley that gives the genre its unique look and feel.

Sean Silleck describes SFP as “a small film company specializing in stop motion Lego films based on vintage, hardboiled short stories by American literary masters.” Their films are animated and shot in a basement studio in Hastings on Hudson, New York and post production is done with Adobe Premiere and After Effects.

We’re excited to see more of this unique vision come to life and will be sure to post when the next installment is released. SFP is currently in production on Nelson Algren's The Face on the Barroom Floor with future projects in the works to include Flannery O'Connor's A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Raymond Chandler's Pick Up on Noon Street.

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Uploaded to Vimeo by jriggity.

Justin Rasch is an artist, animator and storyteller who works in the CG and stop motion industry. Rasch also creates short films with his wife and family for fun.

“I love stop motion above all,” says Rasch.

Check out this flawless animation that he describes as a short test mixing video and stop motion as a fun button to the Overwatch short film {Trace and Bake}.

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Uploaded to Vimeo by Daniel Cloud Campos.

Without a single drop of blood - or puke - “Shiny” by Daniel Cloud Campos and Spencer Susser still manages to earn an “R” rating with a whirlwind animation that comes in just under four minutes. So many subtle movements such as gusts of wind, deep breaths and shoulder shrugs are accomplished with amazing realism and continuity.

A damsel in distress gets undressed when a man from the mid west puts to rest a world that's obsessed with the priceless, also know as "The Shiny."

Kind of NSFW so watch at the appropriate time and place.

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Dancing Can

Uploaded by YouTuber Kevin Parry.

On StopMotionPlanet, we love animators who reveal the tricks of the trade. Kevin Parry is a stop-motion animator who delightfully describes his job as “literally mov(ing) puppets around one frame at a time - 24 frames per second.” Parry has animated for movies like The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings (where it was his job to bring the Kubo vs. Moon Beast battle to life) and the upcoming Missing Link.

Parry animated a soda can as a way to test out a stop-motion animation setup in his house and uploaded the final product to YouTube. It serves as an excellent resource for aspiring animators since Parry includes a time lapse of the animation process as well as the raw footage.

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