by Megan - Monday, August 20, 2012 - Permalink
If you work a 9-5 job, you know not every minute of every day is going to be exciting, and when it’s a beautiful summer day, sometimes it can be a bummer to be stuck inside. But don’t let the daily workday get you down – let your surroundings inspire you to make your work that much better! That’s what this industrial worker does when a mishap in the factory lets a few rays of sunshine in.
Day Shift by iStopMotion pro Ian Timothy is a short animation made with – you guessed it! – iStopMotion, plus an interesting combination of nuts, bolts and screws. The 17-year-old has already perfected the art of claymation, so we’re especially excited to see him exploring a whole new medium – and of course, not at all surprised that he’s managed to perfect that one as well!
by Megan - Friday, August 10, 2012 - Permalink
If you, like us, have been glued to the 2012 Olympic games, you’ll definitely want to watch these stop motion Lego recaps of the most memorable moments of the past two weeks. In honor of the games, The Guardian created Brick-by-brick Lego films of scenes from the London Olympics, including Usain Bolt’s gold-winning run in the 100 meter final and “Team USA’s Fab Five vault to gold.”
The Guardian’s skills at stop motion animation are almost as impressive as the gold winners themselves! Watching the original games was awesome, but these Lego films offer a fun twist (hah – get it?!) on the sporting events. If watching the Olympics inspires you to hit the field, pool, track, gym or whatever your sport of choice is, these videos will surely inspire you to get out your camera and Legos and make some stop motion magic. And what better way to do that than with iStopMotion? iStopMotion for the Mac or iPad makes stop motion animation super easy – and incredibly fun!
by Megan - Wednesday, August 08, 2012 - Permalink
In this claymation comic short, Fooling Grandpa, created by Jon Lopez, animator of the Clay Alchemist, “Grandpa the Grump” takes care of his sick grandson, Joey. Jon is a sculptor, illustrator and animator from Wyoming, Michigan and has been sculpting since he was 10 years old! He’s now working towards his photography degree. We’re glad to see he found a great way to combine his sculpting, photography and storytelling skills to create awesome claymation films with iStopMotion!
Visit Jon’s website to check out more of his fantastic work.
by Megan - Monday, August 06, 2012 - Permalink
Whether or not you saw this summer’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, or thought the movie is a total abomination of America’s 16th president, you have to admit, Vampire Vengeance, the stop motion animation parody of the film, is pretty darn cool. Created by The Official Filmy Guy, Sean Willets, the film was made using iStopMotion and is a smart take on the action flick. Short and sweet, the iStopMotion animation is expertly done, and the twist in the end really made us chuckle (but you’ll have to watch to find out what happens – and who makes a special appearance).
Sean animated the film using Boinx’s iStopMotion, with editing and special effects created using Final Cut Express, LiveType, Soundtrack and Photoshop. Check out more of his Lego superhero parody films – all made with iStopMotion – here!
by Megan - Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - Permalink
Ever find yourself in a funk that you just can’t seem to get out of? Sometimes it takes something as silly as a leaf floating down from the trees to cheer you up. This is exactly what happens to an old man in Aurora Nunez’s short iStopMotion film, Happy Leaf. A bus zooms right past him as he's waiting on the bench, leaving him quite unhappy, to say the least.
“I felt like the grumpy man was just an exaggeration of all of us when we have a bad day,” Aurora says in the video’s YouTube posting. “Everyone has those days, but in my character's case a single leaf and imagination make the day better. I choose the leaf because that day I had a flashback. If you put a leaf between your thumbs and blow it will make a noise and it will make you giggle like a child.”
I must say, the old man’s music sounds much nicer than mine when I used to “play music” with leaves or blades of grass as a child. A fantastic jazz medley ensues as fans gather to watch him perform. The fun spark of imagination really cheers the man up, reminding us that sometimes, when you’re feeling down, you just need to close your eyes and use your imagination to pump yourself up again. One way you can do this is by making an iStopMotion animation of your own!
Of her animation, Aurora, 17, said she used wire, putty, paper and thread to create and animate the doll. She used a scenic picture downloaded from the Internet as her background and used two planes to make it easier for the pieces to move around. Stop motion animation created using Boinx's iStopMotion. Isn’t it just amazing what you can do with every day objects? Well done, Aurora, and thanks for the pick-me-up!
by Megan - Thursday, July 26, 2012 - Permalink
Everyone knows the saying “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” In their short film, “ReisePapiere,” or “Traveling Papers,” Sarah Mauer and Mirko Plengemeyer illustrate this old adage perfectly. A young man sits at his desk, reading a postcard over and over again from his love, who is waiting for him on the other side of the world. Lost in a daydream, he imagines an animation of himself traveling across the globe to his girlfriend, who greets him with a kiss on the cheek.
Filmmakers Sarah and Mirko used iStopMotion to create the animated sequences on the globe. They shot the rest of the film with a Canon EOS 1000D, which actually has no video function. To capture moving pictures, the two used a program called EOS Movie Record, which generates video through the camera’s LiveView function.
by Megan - Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - Permalink
What do you do when a Lego man gets trapped in your iMac? Enrique Fuster of HarryAndBillyBrick Productions finds out in A Lego in an iMac. Chaos ensues when Enrique plugs his iPod into the computer, sucking the little character through the wire and throwing him onto the iMac's desktop.
Well, we’re not exactly sure what he’s saying (okay, so I didn't exactly ACE my Spanish classes...), but that doesn’t stop this from being a hilarious stop motion film. Watch as the Lego man dodges the dreaded mouse chasing after him, jumping from one program screen to another, diving behind internet tabs and popping out in a wild game of hide and seek. At one point, the Lego even finds a gun, firing away (unsuccessfully) at the user’s mouse. Finally, Enrique tosses the man into a folder and locks it before he has time to jump out.
Enrique’s Lego character animation was done using a green screen, and many of the sequences consist of screenshots made on his iMac, streamed together to create a fluid stop motion animation. He assembled the piece using iStopMotion and edited all of the clips using Final Cut Express. The audio accompanying the film was made with GarageBand.
by Megan - Monday, July 16, 2012 - Permalink
In her round up of “Cool gear for summer photography” in USA Today Tech, Alice Truong names iStopMotion as a great way of recording beautiful time lapses. What better way to document all of your summer vacations, road trips and transformations?! Also great for a rainy day, iStopMotion is a fun way to spend time indoors animating your favorite every day objects and injecting life into what might otherwise be a boring day stuck inside.
“Compiling timelapse videos requires sifting through hundreds if not thousands of photos. This is quite a laborious process, made better with Boinx's iStopMotion applications for Apple desktops and iPads.
As the name suggests, the software is designed for animation and stop-motion movies. But it can handle timelapses beautifully as well in two ways. There's an option to capture frames as you're using the application. But if you're looking to shoot on location, dragging a laptop around might be too cumbersome, so the software includes an option to import previously taken photos to quickly process and output videos.”
Also useful for capturing time lapse videos while on location is iStopMotion for iPad, which allows users to snap photos right from an iPad 2 or later or with the iStopMotion Remote Camera app on an iPhone or iPod with camera. Alice put together a short video explaining how to use iStopMotion for Mac, along with a very nice time lapse of San Francisco. Find out what other photography gear is essential to making memories that last this summer!
by Megan - Friday, July 13, 2012 - Permalink
Jeff Scher and American Royalty are teaming up again to bring you a whole new multi-sensory experience, this time in the band’s latest track off the Matchstick EP, Blood Keys. The music video is yet another perfect visual translation of the band’s new and slightly darker song (one might say the collaboration is a match made in music video heaven – Jeff achieved the same audio/visual harmony in his film for American Royalty’s song, Matchstick). My personal recommendation for watching this video – turn up the volume, set the film to full screen, and enjoy!
To create the film, Jeff used a combination of techniques, but it was mostly shot under a camera and animated by hand. A good portion of the film is in 16mm, transferred in his homemade telecine. Jeff used a lot backlit cells and multiple prisms on the lenses. About a third of the Blood Keys video was created with iStopMotion using the same prisms used on the film camera. But Jeff isn’t your every-day kind of iStopMotion animator…
“I like to use iStopMotion as a kind of editing tool,” Jeff tells us. “It's possible to think of it as a kind of optical printer, in that things we used to have to do in complicated ways (without any mistakes, ever) on film can be done really effortlessly with iStopMotion. If, for example, I want to make a strange frame order, or double up frames for a tiny bit to make it run slower – that kind of stuff. The visible time line of frames is super handy micro editing tool and empowers lots of opportunities for mischief.”
So whether you’re using iStopMotion for traditional claymation and stop motion animated films or getting a little bit clever with it, it’s a really fun tool useful for animating in all shapes and sizes!
More articles on Jeff Scher from the Boinx blog:
Jeff Scher Creates Synesthetic Musical Experience with iStopMotion
Jeff Scher Creates 'Spring City' with iStopMotion
'Best of Times' by Jeff Scher
'You Might Remember This'
by Megan - Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - Permalink
At Boinx, not only are our employees extremely tech savvy (if we do say so ourselves), but they’re also healthy and environmentally conscious! So when our intern Peter Kraml found out Bastian Wölfle had been riding his bike to work every day, Peter decided to join him. Naturally, the two decided to create a time lapse of their journey to the office – over 2,000 images! Peter captured images with his iPhone, using an iPhone Bike Mount to stabilize the phone.
Peter then imported the images into iStopMotion to create the time lapse and combined it with a pretty sweet HUD and map in the lower left-hand corner displaying his and Bastian’s whereabouts. The HUD shows some basic information, like the guys’ current speed, elevation change and cycled kilometers. Check it out and take a tour of Boinx's hometown of Puchheim, Germany. Maybe you’ll even feel inspired to commute to work the green and healthy way! If you do, be sure to capture your journey and transform it into an iStopMotion masterpiece.