The use of a fast lens and shallow depth of field to isolate the characters really helps. Brilliant.
Brett Foxwell of BFPHOTO has made an incredible stop-motion video of log ends as they are cut down in size. This is tedious work: take a picture, shave a bit off, take a picture, etc. and the effect, coupled with a nice soundtrack is terrific.
Zoom it out.
[via Edward McKeown]
This is a brilliant stop-motion ad by Philips that uses a single living room time-lapse over multiple eras (how many decades can you name?) to show the evolution of lighting. Very nicely done.
Frank Howarth is a woodworker, filmmaker, and amazingly organized and creative guy living in Portland, Oregon. I’ve been following his work for a while but haven’t posted about him, until now.
Here’s one of his most famous stop motion videos on making a lawn chair.
And here’s a behind the scenes video of how he made the lawn chair video.
Here’s a great video on making a segmented walnut and maple bowl.
Check out Frank makes for more detail on him.
Check out Frank Howarth’s YouTube channel for all of his videos including a great one on the building of his shop.
After the death of her grandmother in 2010, animator and illustrator Gemma Green-Hope was called to help sort through some of her remaining possessions. What she discovered evoked not only memories, but also resulted in a new understanding of who her grandmother was by cataloging the objects she left behind. Green-Hope transformed the old books, clothes, jewelry and photos into this touching stop-motion portrait.
Brilliant. Very well done.
Many times title sequences get overlooked in movies but Art of the Title is a great web site that dives deep into them.
Here are three title sequences stand out to me, there are many more.
Opening credits from the movie Catch Me if You Can
End credits from the movie Ratatouille
Opening credits from the movie Casino Royale
Thrush is a four minute film directed by Gabriel Bisset-Smith and Graham Turner that covers a relationship from start to finish in still photographs with excellent narration. It’s a bit stylized but it’s quite good, worth watching full screen.