Thursday, September 13, 2007

Stop Motion Coolness

Before elaborating more on the topic, watch this first XD

Not sure who's the creator, but clearly, he isn't very fond of Impulse Gundam XD
Can't see anything? Follow this link to Youtube.

I laughed off my head after watching that clip. Apart from the humor, you have to admire the creativity of the creator, regardless of whether you're a Gundam fan or not. The video clip above is called a stop-motion animation, also known as frame-by-frame animation. It's created by taking photos of the models with different actions in the same background but in different photos (a tripod is essential). All the photos are then compiled according to sequence, and after exporting the final work to a video clip file type, say .avi or .wmv, you will have yourself a stop-motion clip.

To make the action seamless, the amount of action in each shot must be minimized. For example, five or six photos are enough to show the action of a person turning his or her head, but the cut in between the action will be too obvious for the audience to notice, so for a better effect, more frames/photos will be necessary. Of course, the speed of the photos being compiled will determine the quality as well. The faster you go, the closer you will get to achieve the video clip effect. However, with less photos, the cut between the photos will still be too rigid to be noticed.

In other word, patience and hard work will greater determine of the final clip (as well as all our work I believe).

A scene from Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. I wonder how many frames were needed to produce this animation? Image from Filmgeeks 2.0

While the video clip above is obviously a Gundam fan's work on his own table, stop-motion animation is also used for movies like the original King-Kong in 1933, clay-animation Chicken Run and the more recent Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005). My favorite however, is the cute penguin animation series Pingu. I'm sure most Malaysian kids have watched that as well, but do you know that it's actually made in 1986? Praise the quality ^o^

Read more about stop-motion animation on Wikipedia.

Finally, some great treats for Transformers fans:

Optimus Prime's transformation in the 2007 movie.
Follow this link to Youtube if you can't see anything.

Optimus Prime's transformation, another version.
Follow this link to Youtube if you can't see anything.

Bonecrusher's menace on the highway (My pick for the best among these three)
Follow this link to Youtube if you can't see anything.