Some Friday afternoon entertainment

All these stop motion short films make me:

1. Smile big time
2. Want to make one myself

Now there are quite a lot of them there, but I will point you to the ones I like best:

1. Her morning elegance
I love love love this film. And I also really love the song, it is called Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie, who also made the film. (More info about how they made the video here).

2. Firekites – I love how the birds fly from blackboard to blackboard.

3. Deadline which is made entirely with post-it notes!

In case you are wondering what stop-motion means: Stop motion (or frame-by-frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small amounts between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames are played as a continuous sequence. (from wikipedia) Basically it is a film made of photographs.

I have actually taken the photographs for a short first stop motion video, but I have been majorly struggling with all kinds of crappy editing programs to turn it into a film. I didn’t succeed and gave up. Maybe my editing course ext week will push me in the right direction to finish it.

I have also bought a timer for my camera, as I also really want to try to make a timelapse video.

There are some unbelievably cool examples of those here and a more basic one here. It must be possible to find some interesting London-by-night spots for my camera. It is basically just setting up a tripod and have the camera take a picture every 2-3 seconds.

Enjoy your weekend!

Corpse Bride (8/10)

Corpse Bride (2005) Geregiseerd door Tim Burton, en een hoofdpersoon die praat als en eruit ziet als Johnny Depp, wat wil je nog meer. Dansende skeletten, humor, moet ik nog even doorgaan ?

The Corpse Bride is de nieuwste stop motion film van Tim Burton, en daar moet je zoveel respekt voor hebben (voor het stop motion gedoe), dat je hem alleen daarvoor al moet gaan zien. Je moet hem ook zien omdat de film zich in (alweer) een prachtig Burton Universe afspeelt, omdat de muziek groovy is, de scenes fantastisch en de film erg grappig soms bovendien. Zie hem in de engelse versie, anders mist u de woordgrappen. Het verhaal is misschien niet bijster origineel, maar de rest van de film maakt dat ruimschoots goed.

Ik zou hem gewoon gaan zien, terwijl u wacht op die andere stop motion film : Wallace & Grommit (die ik waarschijnlijk in London ga zien, want hier gaat ie nog niet).