Stop-Motion Music Video Created with 15,000 Shots from a Canon 400D

Devil in the Detail” is a neat stop-motion music video directed by Souljacker for the band The Ambience Affair. Rather than use video cameras, a Canon 400D was used to shoot over 15,000 still photographs, which were later combined using Final Cut Pro.

When asked in the Vimeo comments how some of the shots were done, Souljacker replied,

[…] most shots where the camera pans with the character we shot bursts of about 60-90 quick consecutive frames at about 3fps… we also got him to alter his movement slightly which I think helped create the strange feel, as for the gear I used my own camera 350d for some tests then borrowed a friends 400d for the main shoot.

It’s neat how the stop-motion gives the video a dreamlike quality.

  • Matt

    This isn't what I think of when I hear “stop-motion”, but kind of a cool effect I guess. I bet that's the last time his friend loans out his SLR (and gets it back with an additional 15k shots on it).

  • Jake

    Matt, that is a great comment :) I am also a great fan of stop motion, this one being my favorite of lately

  • udijw

    ooopps, there goes the shutter…

  • Mathieu Binoche

    the stopmotion technic has no sense here.
    The video is good but it s not so special, my thought.

  • seegullmedia

    Personally, I think it's pretty bad ass. I love the effect and the creepy feel the stop motion gives to the piece. I like the music, too. I'll have to check out some more of their music.

  • hectorir

    My friend and I did something similar with my Canon XT for his English project.

    It was hastily done, but it was put together in a few hours the day before it was due.

  • Ealaspada

    For the most part, fantastic (the carnivorous vineage at the end could have been better conceived, perhaps)! This is exactly the kind of thing I love to see with stop motion. I love the sinister, heavy, awkward movement it gives to his walk. And a pretty great song, too! I'm checking this band out!

  • swfster

    Some friend – this is like borrowing your friends car and putting 150,000 miles on the clock, then handing it back hoping that the wheels don't fall off in the next five minutes.

  • Souljacker

    Hi guys,

    Thanks for posting the video and all the cool comments. We'd be happy to answer any questions about the making of.

    Our other work is here and we actually have a new video done in a week or so, it's not with stills but is shot with the Canon 550D, we'll let you know when it's finished or you can see some stills etc that we'll have up in a few days on our Facebook below.

    Sean – Souljacker

    Souljacker Facebook

  • Iandrob

    Nice one. Check out my new stop-motion music video. Shot on a 350D. It’s called Lyrical Spread, and it involves hundreds of photos and a label printer…

  • animatorskater

    pixelation is the proper term for the technique of all these ‘stop motion’ videos using human subjects.