Tag Archives: time lapse

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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Six ways stop motion is better than CGI animation

Throughout society, technology is evolving at an ever-increasing rate, changing the way we live our lives as each new advancement is made. And #animation is no different.   Only a generation ago, the vast majority of #animation was created with traditional, #stopmotion techniques. Today, however, Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) is often favoured over #stopmotion #animation…
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Sony PSP- Animating toys on location

not only did we get no rain, but we got glorious sunshine

Animating toys and objects with Sony PSP was a great feat of a production. Two adverts shot in one day! Along with some patient child actors, and animating outdoors it wrapped with 10 minutes to spare.

For this production I collaborated with The Neighbourhood who are great snappy creatives offering a breadth of production services. The shoot was for two adverts in one day! one day! That is not something that usually happens in stop motion, and I was getting very anxious in pre production, tight timing and relying on the weather?!?! But we didn't have much choice!

What I like most about stop motion shoots, is that it usually always happens within the reliability of a dark room. I have often known live action location shooting would never have been for me, and on this production I was about to be busted out of my comfort zone by animating toys in the garden! It makes for a risky production as the rain will effect the shoot, and we were shooting in reliably rainy Manchester! It had rained in the build up to the shoot, but as you can see not only did we get no rain, but we got glorious sunshine. This was most fortunate as a time lapse just doesn't work as well on Manchester's typical flat light.

The shoot started in the garden with the skateboard action and the tent (which was actually filmed in reverse) and then we moved into the living room which was converted into the boys bedroom (are you keeping up?) and I selected some toys for animating as fortunately some by design lend themselves well to animation.

Whats the other thing you don't usually expect with stop motion animation? Usually I'm not animating actual children! It was only a short part of the animation but a child's hand comes in and pick up the PSP in pixilation style. He had to be very patient and still, which is not qualities I associate with young children, but he did it!

This was a great shoot that added so much to my repertoire, and it was blessed with some fortunate luck and timing! With 10 minutes to spare!