by Megan - Thursday, May 17, 2012 - Permalink
Tim Burton may be one of the most famous director/producers in Hollywood, constantly blazing the trail for edgy films. One medium he is most famous for is stop motion animation, producing blockbusters such as The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride. This October, Burton will be debuting a brand new 3D stop motion animation called Frankenweenie, a remake of the live action Disney film that gave him his start as a big time movie producer in 1984. Entertainment Weekly recently caught up with Burton regarding the new film, his career as a filmmaker and his deep love for stop motion animation.
Below is an excerpt of EW's conversation with Tim Burton:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What is it about stop-motion animation that appeals so much to you?
TIM BURTON: It goes back to Ray Harryhausen. You look at his stuff, and you see the fur move! As a child, I recognized this artist. And there was something about stop-motion that felt more like a personal medium, especially because there were so few people doing it. Also, you go back to those kinds of stories, like Frankenstein or Pinocchio, about bringing an inanimate object to life. So here you have a process that does just that! It takes an inanimate object and you bring it to life. As hard of a medium as it is, there’s something so beautiful about that and the fact that it goes back to the beginning of film. The technique hasn’t changed — it’s still animating one frame at a time for 24 frames [to create a single second of film].
by Megan - Monday, May 07, 2012 - Permalink
A beautiful time lapse of a cold day in Dresden, Germany using iStopMotion’s Tilt Shift feature makes the colorful surrounding city and its inhabitants look a bit like toys. Though the footage shows a bright and sunny February day in Germany, the temperature is reported at negative 20 degrees Celsius! Enjoy the tilt shift time lapse – we hope the weather is warmer where you are!
by Megan - Tuesday, May 01, 2012 - Permalink
The changing of the seasons is always an exciting time of the year, as we watch our surroundings change right before our eyes. From bright green trees and lush gardens to fiery red and orange leaves scattering the ground to snow covering everything in sight, the transformations, though slow, are beautiful to observe and experience. The gradual transformations can also be somewhat frustrating at times (would summer please get here already?!) – so watching a year of seasons change in this minute-long iStopMotion animation is a breath of fresh air. See a year of seasons transform in this stop motion short film – and remember, the warm weather is just around the corner!
by Megan - Monday, April 30, 2012 - Permalink
We introduced you to the Supercols back in March with their heart-warming animation, “The Best Christmas Gift,” and now the pair is back for their Biggest Adventure yet: their wedding! The new iStopMotion animation, created by Colin with the help of his fiancé Li Yi (hence, the name the Supercols), puts the animator’s artistic chops on display, as he skillfully illustrates a hot air balloon, which is then inflated and launched into the air.
The balloon is floating through a timeline of the couple’s many exciting adventures when Colin jumps out of a photo in the mountains and into the balloon’s basket. Mid-tree pose Li Yi, of course, follows suit, abandoning her yoga practice to join Colin for their next great adventure. The animation, made using Boinx Software’s iStopMotion, was created for Colin and Li Yi’s upcoming wedding, so we’d like to propose a toast: here’s to a lifetime of happiness and many more fantastic iStopMotion animations to come!
by Megan - Monday, April 23, 2012 - Permalink
Meet Robbie Ryan, an iStopMotion and Kikkoman soy sauce enthusiast – oh and a writer, director, producer and composer. To show his love for Kikkoman soy sauce and status as a “Kikkomaniac,” (and hopefully win a trip for two to Japan), Robbie created a short animation called "Kikkoman Party" using Boinx Software’s iStopMotion. So cast your vote now for Robbie’s deliciously fun animation "Kikkoman Party," and remember to party on with Kikkoman soy sauce (goes great with sushi and iStopMotion).
by Megan - Saturday, April 21, 2012 - Permalink
"In stop motion animation, the magic happens in between the movie’s frames: It’s what you can not see — namely the animator’s hands — that makes seemingly inanimate objects spring to life.
With iStopMotion, Boinx Software promises to turn your iPad 2 or new iPad into a stop motion studio with all the tools you need to capture, edit, and publish your own animation clips.
And action … one frame at a time!"
by Megan - Tuesday, April 03, 2012 - Permalink
Marshal Rosenthal of 3DTV.com wanted to get the low down on all things stop motion - so he went straight to the source and asked Boinx's own Oliver Breidenbach for an insider's perspective on claymation and iStopMotion. They talk about the inspiration for stop motion animation, important set up factors and more.
Marshal starts the conversation off with a question many people might have: "What is the appeal of shooting stop-motion, be it of live or inanimate objects?"
To which Oliver responds: "Stop motion animation has a certain magic appeal: it can breathe life into anything, be it elaborate models or figures or plain everyday objects. It is also very easy, at least compared to any other type of visual storytelling. You won't need a lot to make a stop motion movie – no actors, no stage, no crew or even a script are required. Of course, films like Wallace and Gromit are no easy feat, but basically a 3-year-old can do stop motion animation and tell a story. That is also the appeal of the iStopMotion line of Mac and iOS products: 3-year-olds as well as big studios, makers of commercials and music videos, use it."
Read the rest of Marshal and Oliver's chat for insight on stop motion animation right from the expert himself!
by Megan - Friday, March 30, 2012 - Permalink
People sure do change a lot over the years! From hair cuts to growth spurts to changes in style (remember that favorite shirt you almost never took off that hasn’t seen the light of day in years? Or maybe that’s just me…), even after one year, we’re bound to look pretty different. iStopMotion user Henry documented those changes over the course of three and a half years, starting the summer before he began seventh grade.
Using Boinx Software’s iStopMotion, Henry turned his photos into an awesome time lapse video, “One Picture Every Day.” Watch as he transforms over the years at a rate of 20 frames per second, packing about 1,200 days into one minute. So if you’re as curious as I am to see yourself evolve over time, break out your cameras and start the photo shoot (just one photo per day, folks)! Plus, with iStopMotion for iPad, it’s as easy as snapping a pic right from your iPad.
by Megan - Thursday, March 29, 2012 - Permalink
If you ever thought a LEGO couldn’t fly, you’d be sorely mistaken. With stop motion animation, LEGOs, or any inanimate objects for that matter, can do pretty much anything! Spugesdu, LEGO and stop motion animation enthusiast, held Just Another LEGO Animation Contest to see exactly what those LEGOs – with the help of their animators – were capable of. And because we love stop motion animation so much, we sponsored the contest!
The results are in and winners have been named! The grand winner, legendaryplastic, was awarded iStopMotion Pro, while the three runner-ups each won an iStopMotion Express. Check out their LEGO stop motion animations and get inspired to break out your LEGO sets of yesteryear for some stop motion animation (or just good old LEGO – we don’t judge) fun!
by Megan - Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - Permalink
Back in January at Macworld | iWorld, we had the chance to meet iStopMotion animator Gordon Straub, who came by the Boinx Software booth to demo iStopMotion for iPad for us. Gordon, at just 17 years old, even gave a tech talk on stop motion animation at the big iFan event called Get Started or Improve Your Techniques Making Stop-Action Movies with iStopMotion. A popular session at Macworld, Gordon gave attendees tips and tricks on how to use iStopMotion and more.
Still catching up on all of the aftermath of the big show is Chuck Joiner, host of MacVoicesTV, The Talk of the Mac Community. Chuck sat down with the young animator for an episode of the podcast to get the scoop on Gordon’s gig as one of the youngest presenters at Macworld, iStopMotion animation and his future as an animator.
When Chuck asks Gordon how he got into stop motion animation and what he finds intriguing about it, Gordon tells him, “Things that normally you couldn’t move by yourself, seeing them move is really, sort of magical to me.” Gordon has been animating with iStopMotion since he was in middle school.
“This is something that all us old guys have to get used to – that you have been able to use this stuff since you were in middle school, if not before. To us, a lot of it is new and cool, but we don’t always get the same kind of inspiration that you do,” comments Chuck. “This kind of videography – you can do a lot more with it, and especially with iStopMotion; it makes it so approachable so that you don’t have to use, say clay figures or anything like that. You can pretty much take anything you want to animate and go for it.”
Watch or listen to the podcast for the full discussion between Chuck and Gordon. And if you’re looking for a stop motion animator on any project, Gordon’s for hire!