Hello everyone!I'm an animation student fom DJCAD art school in Scotland, I'm studying animation and am about to enter my 4th year... which means dissertation time!Being a big fan of stop-motion, I…Continue
"My best way of finding sources is simply searching a book in goodreads and then trying to find it on kat.ph. Actually, you can simply type in 'stop-motion' in search field on kat.ph and check the results. These are the one I found.…"
"Here's an article about the Brothers Quay that helps shed some light on the eternal mystery of stopmotion and its appeal: Quay Brothers get the 35mm treatment.
I'm not saying this is true for all stopmotion, but it does point out that…"
"Is there perhaps also something about the degree of concentration on the part of the animator?
I went to a brilliant Retrospective of the Brothers Quay work last week at the Watershed in Bristol, UK. They described how the music was always the…"
"Kit - I agree! something about the straight forward nature of stop motion has surely got to be an appeal of the medium, whereas CGI undergoes several changes and edits, and was described by someone as 'Animation by Committee' (Where…"
"Being able to see evidence of 'how it was done' is a common theme in a lot of art. Watercolour paintings of flowers where the paint looks to have been thrown about with reckless abandon to give a more impresionistic look have a more…"
"Yes, this is all amazing insight for my dissertation, thank you to everyone so far for helping me discuss the subject! It has been invaluable to my research!
Also, I know what you mean Simon, in classes on my animation course we had to do the same…"
"Exactly, there is a tension - we know that the actor in a play, or indeed the puppet actor can deviate from what was originally intended. In another thread some more experienced animators than me mentioned the value of filming themselves performing…"
"Antonio - Some very nice thoughts and comparisons there! Thanks! I especially like your metaphor about the violin, its a very good point. Also the idea of money versus art is a very interesting comparison, its a very nice way of thinking about it!…"
"What a fascinating thread! Here's a couple of thoughts:
Dropping computer-generated effects into a stop-mo film is just another way of expanding one's artistic palette. So things like fire, smoke, water, motion blur, eyelid…"
"Only for add some ideas:I think stop motion is a true “art”. You build puppets and sets modeling with your own hands like a sculptor or painter; and the way you animate it becomes a kind of art form also (like StopmoNick suggests). We…"
"Very much so! I completely agree, the sometimes apparent weightlessness of CGI animation is certainly something that makes it stand out in a bad way!.... and it is definitely something it could learn a bit from stop motion with... I think it also…"
"Oh wow, how did I not remember this? Some time ago a member on the original board (of which this one is a reincarnation) named Moviestuff made a very pertinent observation, to the effect that the strengths of stopmotion are the weaknesses of CG and…"
"Strider (2nd Post) - I totally agree, I think Laika is a great institution of stop motion, I'm glad we have them, as I think they really have helped stop motion, especially in cinema of late. I think you have hit the nail on the head with the…"
"Strider - Thats a great response, that animation package sounds pretty interesting, it reminds me of reading about the making of the Lego movie, where to make it seem more realistic, they would calculate the amount of dust, lint etc, that should…"
"Wow Nick - some excellent observations! You've gone farther with this post than any discussion we've had on the boards before on the subject. Indeed, Laika treats stopmotion with reverence and respect, unlike so many CGI films that see it…"
"I've just been watching that video Strider linked to - where a compositor explains some of Laika's techniques in The Boxtrolls, and that is a film that is really a hybrid combining stop motion and cgi together. And rather than…"