A few weeks ago I started a series of articles that focus on stop motion film and animation. It has been a while since I have posted a follow-up, but that is because I’m pretty picky with my selections. I had so much fun digging up these new videos for you. Enjoy them, and please share with others!
1Id Engager – Of Montreal
by Marc Reisbig and Hanne Berkaak
According to Sigmund Freud, the id represents a personality structure’s immediate desires and pleasures, expressed unconsciously. I would say that this hand-drawn, animated video does a pretty good job of depicting that. Check it out, and see what you think!
Here’s a real treat from motion graphics designer Sebastian Lange. It is a typography-based animation, set to a quirky retro-funk track by Forss Soulhack. Lange does some pretty cutting edge work with experimental motion graphics. You can see more of his outstanding videos at his website, MyNameWasGod.
3Light-Paint Piano Player
by Ryan Cashman
For those of you who don’t have the patience to sit through a two-minute film, here is a 30-second blip that you just might do it for you. It features animated light paintings of a little piano player, just doing his thing amidst a serene San Diego skyline. Ryan Cashman, the talented artist behind this piece, wrote and recorded the soundtrack himself. If you are curious to know more about his distinctive animation techniques, here are a few insights that should hopefully do the trick:
The frames were photographed with a Canon Rebel, using 20-30 second exposure time. I used a small green LED keychain light to draw each frame. Once all the positions were photographed they were strung together and synchronized to the music in after effects.
4MTV HD Crow
I admit that I am super late on this find, but that doesn’t mean I should refrain from sharing it! In 2006, Psyop‘s Marco Spier and Marie Hyon co-directed this striking station identification spot for MTV HD. Here is what the duo had to say about the piece in a telling interview with Dexigner:
MTV gave us complete creative license. The only creative rule we had to follow was that it was about music. Our creative exploration focused on the intersection of visual art and sound, and we were determined to create something stark in color and organic in motion. Our task was ultimately to translate the purity of the music into a moving picture. Following that, we approached this project as if it was a video installation, rather than on-air packaging- HD would allow us to create a more powerful and more fully immersive experience. We wanted to create a truly epic piece.
Frankly, I was blown away by this film. It is deceptively intricate and indisputably beautiful. Push the play button and see for yourself.
I just couldn’t end this post without a shout out to all of my street art fans out there. If you like graffiti, this is a must-see. If you like Buenos Aires, this is a must-see. If you like to be inspired, this is a must-see. Okay, okay. I think you get the point. This is a must-see. What are you waiting for? Watch it! Right now. And for more goodies like it, check out blublu.org.