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Five ways to improve your Instagram motion

When you’re working on an #Instagram project, you might decide to use #photographic #images edited into a film, rather than straightforward #video, in order to add a certain element of punch to the finished piece.   But what you might not realise is that, when you create handmade video content in this way, you’re pretty…
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7 ways stop motion is better than live action

There can be little doubt that, today, #video #content plays an essential role in #marketing campaigns across all industries. However, when it comes to deciding which type of video content to use, it can be difficult to know how best to convey your message and engage with your audience.   Call us biased but, here…
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As technology continues to advance at an unprecedented rate, there’s now more ways than ever before to inspire action, deliver your business’ core messages, and reach out to your target market.   We are #stopmotion specialists. We specialise in delivering high quality, short form #videos for social media or TV, using stop motion trickery and…
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8 ways to use stop motion

When it comes to creating a successful #marketing or #advertising campaign, there are a whole host of things to think about. But it’s safe to say that the most important factor in any campaign is the concept. After all, the concept is what makes a great campaign! In order to deliver optimum results, your concept…
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Start Rite Shoe animation shorts

Start Rite shoes wanted to bring their shoes to life in three shoe animation shorts. They had a new range called X-glows decided it would be fun to create something that the children would enjoy! After all they get to wear the shoes. Stop motion for children's apparel is a perfect option as they are so light they are easy to animate!

The great thing about working with Start Rite was that they wanted us to do the creative too! They knew they wanted animation, but were open to the possibilities! We suggested three different ideas and they chose their favourite. The chosen concept was that every other shoe is flat compared to the X-glows, hence the strap line take your feet to another dimension. They chose three mini animations as they understood that short content is key and multiple content is even better.

In each short the flat shoes were attempting different activities without much confidence or success, then the X-glows burst on the scene and confidently lead the way!

We worked solidly from Flux studio space to create the sets and design illustrations for the shoe characters and the set. Once the illustrations were designed we had a great team of interns neatly cutting out shoes and set dressings, sliced fingers and plasters also accompanied them. The set was created so that we could build it in studio.

Once we were ready to shoot over at Z-film Studios in South Manchester, we had to get the set built and lit. As we were filming three short animations, we were able to carry on with set design and build whilst animating simultaneously.

Whilst animating, it was necessary for the shoes to be rigged once they were in mid air motion. I have rigs made up just like bulky armatures and using Climpex. Again the filming was done with a cannon camera and using Dragonframe software. The music and audio design was key to the finished product too by Paul Draper.

The end results was charming animations showing the products in a great light, marketing to the children for the first time. The results for Startrite were awesome as they have achieved over 41,000 views on You Tube and 37,000 likes on the Facebook page to demonstrate some great customer engagement.

 

Starbucks- Animation with some cups

Animating cups, stop motion style, simple yet effective!

This was an amazing opportunity to work with both Partizan and also Hoku Uchimaya and Adam Bolt who do some very cool stuff!

The video I saw of theirs was Evelyn Evelyn "Have you seen my sister Evelyn?" music video. Which is very cool and uses some merry melodies style animation as part of it, and all the action is within one shot with no cuts.

This shoot was also one of the very few that are done on location instead of in a studio. I was fine in the Starbucks, but many others of the crew were outdoors in amongst the snow. And these were experienced crew members, but strangely they didn't wear snow gear!

Animating cups is simple yet effective as each cup has subtle differences, but once animated it becomes apparent that this cannot be replicated in computer style as CGi by design has an amount of digital perfection about it. The cups are mass manufactured and each seam, each edge, each cut is ever so subtly different only noticeable once you start the replacement animation technique. All wrapped up in one day! Phew!!

The finished animation achieved great engagement results for Starbucks as the you tube video got 522 likes and 126,000 views, but it also helped their social media move up to 530,000 Facebook likes and 15,400 twitter followers.

 

Up & Running

New animation studio STC, have picked up their first major studio client New Balance. The project marks the launch of the New Balance 420 and 410 kids shoes. The trainers were charmingly animated in stop motion, at South Manchester Studios at the start of May. The trainers are characterised as part of an adorable family…
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