I’m absolutely fascinated with stop-motion art, probably because i know how hard it is and how long it takes to complete even the simplest of stop-motion projects. I’ve done one before back when I was in eight grade (14 years ago) and it was tough. I worked on it every day for two weeks and when it was done, I had a 20 second clip of a couple of army men walking around the table. Not very impressive, but I was pleased with my accomplishment.
Much later, I came across a video from BLU, whom I’m not sure is one person or a group of people.
This is one of the coolest videos I’ve ever seen. It’s quite old now though, at least by internet standards so you’ve probably already seen it.
You might not have seen BLU’s latest project though, which takes stop-motion wall painting to a much higher level. BLU worked on this project for several months and used up hundreds of buckets of paint to complete it. There are lots of other projects and videos on the official BLU website too if you want to check them out.
The first Mortal Kombat was one of the best games ever. I still remember asking my aunt to ask her boyfriend to buy it for his Sega. And when I came over to babysit her kids the next weekend, there it was, ready to be played like there was no tomorrow. I had every fatality memorized within a week.
If you want to see all of those fatalities recreated on paper and in stop-motion form, watch the video below created by animator/filmmaker Eric Power. This is great. I love that he used the original audio from the game too.
Vimeo user Lait Noir, Maya Rota Klein and Diego Lorenzo Zanitti put together an awesome stop-motion video on how to make butter cookies in Photoshop. This is really cool. They recreated Photoshop menus and drop-downs and the toolbox using cardboard but instead of the normal labels, they were ingredients and kitchen utensils.
The video came out great and the cookies look delicious!
By the way, if you own a Mac there’s a neat stop-frame animation tool you can use called Animationizer to make something similar to this. I don’t use a PC so if anyone has an suggestions for Windows users, please leave a comment below.
Now this gives a whole other meaning to food fight; it’s a food war. Hamburgers vs eggrolls vs sushi vs fish n’ chips; it’s an all out war. Beside the obvious humor to this stop-motion animation, there lies a history. The animator, Stefan Nadelman, portrayed each food from its respected country. The bullying fried chicken sandwich and chicken nuggets are, no less, the United States. The passive croissant- France, so on so forth. And knowing the audience he’s dealing with, Stefan supplied us all with a great little cheat sheet.
History or no history, this film is sure to make eyes tear with laughter and even perhaps make your mouth dribble a bit. Enjoy!