Stop-motion Animation

Stop motion (also known as stop action) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Clay figures are often used in stop motion for their ease of repositioning. Motion animation using clay is calledclay animation or clay-mation.

I’ve chosen these three as examples of my favorite stop-motion animations:

Vincent 1982 by Tim Burton. Young Vincent Malloy dreams of being just like Vincent Price and loses himself in macabre daydreams which annoys his mother. This stems from my interest any Tim Burton film and the King of Hammer Horror Vincent Price.

MUTO by blu. Blu is the pseudonym of an Argentinian artist who conceals his real identitiy. He lives in Bologna and has been active in street art since 1999. I like the fact that its so public, I have great respect for the time and energy that must have gone into creating it. I also like that when you watch the video you can see the actual process of the animation, the sequences painted out and painted back in again.

Alice by Jan Svankmajer. A memorably bizarre screen version of Lewis Carroll’s novel ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’, mixing one live actor (Alice) with a large variety of stop-motion animated creatures. Again, because its bizzare and surreal is the reason why i like this animation. There have been so many takes on Alice in wonderland but this has to one of my favorites.