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The Intricate World of Stop Motion Video

As a former film student I was always turned off by cartoons and animation, but I did have a soft spot for stop motion. One of my favorite stop motion films is Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s quite remarkable if you think about how long it took the eclectic Burton to make.

There are countless films and videos that use stop motion animation, all of which are extremely time consuming. Once you understand the technique involved you’ll be able to appreciate the amount of work that goes into it.

According to Wikipedia, stop motion is:

An animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Clay figures are often used in stop motion for their ease of repositioning. Motion animation using clay is called clay animation or clay-mation.

One amazing use of stop motion that I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed is Oren Lavie’s music video for his single Her Morning Elegance. Besides the fact that I love the song, upon further research I discovered that there are several Israeli/Jewish connections to the video. Firstly, the musician Oren Lavie is a Jew born and based out of Tel Aviv. Secondly, the woman who stars in the video is Israeli-born actress/model Shir Shomron. The video was also co-directed by Lavie and fellow Israelis Yuval and Merav Nathan.

The video was nominated for “Best Short form Music Video” at the 2010 Grammy Awards and has racked up more that seventeen million hits on Youtube! Can you say viral video?

Here’s what the video looks like…

Here’s a version of the video split up to its core. The behind the scenes…

Hope you all enjoyed that. Let me know if you find any other stop motion videos that YOU enjoy. Here are fifty other great stop motion videos for you to kill some time… http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/12/31/50-incredible-stop-motion-videos/

I Live in the Future and So Can YOU!

This week I was totally blown away. After seeing a lot of different things I’ve got to admit that it takes something pretty special to make an impact on me. There I was, walking the isles of Chapters when I came across a new book. Written by the lead writer of the New York Times technology department, Nick Bilton has come up with something really interesting. He calls his book, “I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works.

Basically the book starts by showing us what those people who are tech savvy are currently doing and how the rest of us will probably adapt in the next year or two. What was really cool about this book was the “Bar Code” at the beginning of each chapter. You probably have seen by now these new barcodes called 2D BarCodes. They look like this:

   

Well, by downloading the new barcode scanner app you can in ‘real time’ follow all of the new articles that have been written since this book was published. In a real way you can keep up with the latest stuff that is going. Just choose which chapters you want to follow up on and you’re ready. 

One reviewer focusing on a key idea in the book said this:

One of the key points of the book is what Bilton calls “Me Economics” — which implies that consumers will increasingly seek out products and services that have personal relevance and which provide highly engaging personal experiences. In other words, customization and personalization will win out over broad-based media, and businesses will have to adapt to this in order to be successful.

I thought it was worth reading and interesting to see what those who are 2 years ahead of us are doing.

Let me know what you think…

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