by Megan - Thursday, June 28, 2012 - Permalink
When we were kids (and maybe, for some of us, adults), we used Legos to act out some crazy adventures – a battle scene out of Star Wars, the wild west, the list goes on… Sometimes the Lego action was light and cheery; other times, not so much. Kris Theorin, the young animator who brought us Batman Out of Character, and his brother Kurtis, a film student at Emerson College in Boston, are now showing us the darker side of our favorite childhood building block.
Out with their third episode of Strangers, Kris and Kurtis's original web mini series, the story continues when two “cops” investigate a murder. Jump to a man checking in at a hotel in a mysterious location. Lying in bed, the man hears a knock on the door. When he goes to open it – well, you’ll just have to watch to find out what happens next!
Using iStopMotion to animate his Brickfilm series, Kris brings brother Kurtis's film noir-inspired stories to life through the art of stop motion animation, getting the viewer’s heart pumping with every plot twist and turn. With interesting shot angles and expert control over depth of field, Strangers Part 3 (as well as the rest of the series) is an awesome thriller that will have your eyes glued to the screen, wondering how something as innocent as Legos could have you jumping out of your seat.
by Megan - Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - Permalink
Couldn’t make it to WWDC? (Hey, we can’t all be developers, now can we?) Our own Oliver Breidenbach sat down with Neil Ticktin, Editor-in-Chief of MacTech Magazine, to discuss the announcements Apple made, as well as how they will affect Boinx Software. As for the keynote made by Tim Cook, Oliver says: “They lit a firework of great new stuff.” When Neil asks him what his favorite Apple update was, he (predictably) replies:
“The favorite thing? The Retina display on the MacBook Pro!”
Neil: “I should stop there - other than the MacBook Pro with Retina display, what was your favorite thing?”
“I think lot of the things in iOS 6 are reassuring that Apple’s not lost its edge, and that they are moving forward; they have a story behind iCloud…it makes you feel good to be a developer in the market.”
Regarding Apple's Retina announcement, Oliver tells Neil:
“We actually did a little bit of work with iStopMotion – turns out that it is a bit of work! When we developed that product, we didn’t anticipate other screen resolutions.”
Despite this, Oliver tells us:
“You are going to see a version of iStopMotion optimized for the Retina display very soon!”
As for major (and minor) updates coming soon for Boinx Software products, Oliver tells Neil:
“You will be delighted!”
We don't know about you, but we can't wait!!
by Megan - Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - Permalink
The last time we caught up with iStopMotion buff Ian Timothy, he reported he’d been commissioned to create a stop motion animation music video for Grace Adele and the Grand Band’s song “All My Dreams.” Ian, an award-winning animator, has become a Boinx Chronicles regular with his superb work in iStopMotion on his original YouTube series, Beaver Creek. In his latest venture, however, Ian’s claymation figures morphed into humans instead of animals.
The video starts off with about 20 seconds of live action, showing Grace Adele falling asleep beside a tree. Dream mode and iStopMotion ensue, as Grace and the man of her dreams (no pun intended) act out what they will do when all of her dreams come true, from eating endless amounts of ice cream (yes, please!) to dancing the night away.
As for Ian, all of his iStopMotion dreams seem to be coming true as well! The 17-year-old’s stop motion animation for Grace Adele and the Grand Band won “Best of Show” in the Kentucky All State art competition (KyAEA). Ian’s iStopMotion for iPad animation, "365" won a Regional Gold Key in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, as well as the Superlative award from the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. "365" also won a National Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – which is really saying something, since only 1,500 works out of 200,000 win national medals.
Ian maintains SOME sense of normalcy, and attends St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky, is the associate producer of their closed circuit WSTX news and (unsurprisingly) a member of the National Art Honor Society.
by Megan - Thursday, June 14, 2012 - Permalink
Boinx Software just released iStopMotion for iPad 1.4! The latest upgrade to the award-winning stop motion animation app brings a new Theater for viewing user-videos, iCloud Integration, better image quality and more to iStopMotion for iPad.
What’s new in iStopMotion for iPad 1.4?
A New Theater to Enjoy iStopMotion for iPad Movies
Visit the brand new in-app Theater to view and be inspired by what others create with iStopMotion for iPad. Users can also submit their own work to be considered for inclusion. The Theater can also be accessed via the Boinx Software website.
When sharing a clip via email, the movie automatically uploads to iCloud (when an account is set up and configured on the iPad) and sends the receiver a link to view the movie rather than a large file attachment, which often exceeds the sending limits of email servers.
Two Modes for Exposure
When shooting movies in iStopMotion for iPad, especially when shooting time lapse movies of sunsets where the light changes considerably over time, users can now set the exposure to continuously adapt, creating a more natural looking movie.
White Balance Customization Setting
Different lighting alters how the camera sees color. Manually setting the white balance makes for more natural, vibrant colors in your iStopMotion for iPad movies.
Faster Image Transfers From the New iStopMotion Remote Camera 1.4
Frames captured with the new iStopMotion Remote Camera version 1.4 are now automatically compressed, speeding up the image transfer and reducing network bandwidth while maintaining superb image quality.
iStopMotion for iPad 1.4 is available now on the App Store for 9.99 USD!
And don’t forget about the iStopMotion Remote Camera 1.4!
The iStopMotion Remote Camera turns the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 4th gen iPod touch, iPad 2 and the new iPad into a remote camera for iStopMotion for iPad, and supports capturing in 1080p HD on the iPhone 4S.
iStopMotion Remote Camera 1.4 has also received under-the-hood improvements and is available for free on the App Store!
by Megan - Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - Permalink
The Fourth Annual Green Shorts Film Festival took place this past April with the theme “MOBILIZE FOR THE EARTH.” The film fest, a one to two minute video contest, is all about saving the planet, helping our environment and being green. To help show others how to be green and pragmatic, Jess Riegel, an artist, filmmaker, DJ and unicyclist based out of California, along with his assistant director/animator, Kelsey Crane (and a few others) created a stop motion movie illustrating how to make a delicious salad with ingredients from a farmers market.
Salad She Rides starts off with two young boys examining candy bars at the Santa Cruz Market, seemingly trying to decide whether or not to purchase them. That’s when Jess takes us to the market, where he loads up on fresh veggies for a nutritional – and tasty – treat. Watch as the purple cabbage, heirloom carrots, lettuce, onion and more goodies magically slice and dice into a salad, stop motion style. While it’s all happening, musician Jeff Levy - who also helped with animation - strums away at his guitar, singing the recipe to us.
In the end, a shelf carting the finished salad rides its way into the market, blocking out the candy shelf – leaving the two boys cheering happily at the fact they now have a healthy choice for a snack. Salad She Rides was made using Boinx Software’s iStopMotion Pro and won First Place AND Viewers’ Choice Award at the Santa Barbara Green Shorts Film Festival! We love the video, not only for Jess’s skill at stop motion animation, but also for its ability to spread the word about being green. Plus, we can’t wait to try out Jess’s delicious and healthy salad recipe!
You can make your own stop motion animations with iStopMotion for Mac or for iPad this summer, too! Test out healthy recipes, grow your own plants and record a time lapse of their progress, animate your veggies - anything! And don't forget to share your stop motion animations and tips for being green this summer with us!
by Megan - Monday, June 11, 2012 - Permalink
AppHunger.com recently checked out iStopMotion for iPad, here's what they have to say about it:
"iStopMotion is a must buy for anyone who has ever dreamed of making their own stop-motion animated film or time-lapse video. Being able to use your iPhone, iPod, or iPad as a tool to make still life come to life is amazing. iStopMotion is really is one of those “wow” apps that makes you love your iDevice.
With its simple and intuitive user interface, iStopMotion is easy enough for even a child to create their own movies. Also, should anyone ever wonder what a specific feature does, iStopmotion provides a short video tutorial along with a help screen that explains each feature. This allows you to delve right into making movies in no time at all.
The semi-transparent view mode is a fantastic feature that greatly helps with the positioning of characters and props. It also allows you to quickly get your iDevice back into position should it be accidentally moved.'
by Megan - Thursday, June 07, 2012 - Permalink
Animation has come a long way since its inception – we’re talking a really, really long way. Stop motion animation was one of the first forms of animation and continues to get more and more advanced all the time. One type of animation from the past is 8-bit. You remember the pixilated characters of yesteryear, don’t you? Well, in this animation by Connor Wilson, 8-bit meets stop motion animation – and it is awesome.
Wilson recreated a level from the beloved videogame, Super Mario Bros., using Boinx Software’s iStopMotion for Mac. Not only is the video really well done in terms of animating, but the accuracy of the game itself is spot on (I don't know about you, but it makes me feel like busting out my Super Nintendo for a good old fashioned game of Super Mario Bros.!) – Wilson’s Mario even remembers to hit the secret 1-up hiding just before a death trap! Now THAT'S skill.
The Super Mario Bros. stop motion animation was created for Wilson’s high school computer class, which brings up a point we’ve been saying all along: iStopMotion is an awesome tool to use for school projects! Call me crazy but I’d much rather be recreating a scene from one of my favorite videogames than writing a term paper! (Okay, okay, they’re not always avoidable…). In all seriousness, stop motion animation is a great way of telling a story in a way that’s unique and engaging, and sure to impress classmates! Kudos to Wilson for creating such a clever iStopMotion animation!
by Oliver - Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - Permalink
This Time-Lapse video by Artisma shot in part in iStopMotion for iPad is showing the creation of a wheel-thrown, stoneware, Face Mug or rather Face Stein. The steins created in this time lapse video will be used for the production of "Frank N Stein," an Artismia Original, stop motion animation.
by Megan - Monday, June 04, 2012 - Permalink
If you’re a mystery film buff, the short film, Private I, is sure to intrigue you. The movie is an original typographic monologue created by Wayne Thompson, Type Designer for Australian Type Foundry, using iStopMotion for iPad. Thompson filmed a time lapse of drawings illustrating a series of clever typography puns that tell the story of meeting a woman, Georgia, who happens to be “just his type.”