Viral Stop-Motion Beard Video Shot Using Only an iPhone and Some Creativity

Here’s a video that should help you transition out of work mode and into TGIF mode with more than a few chuckles along the way. It was put together by Minnesota-based photojournalist Ben Garvin using a stop-motion iPhone app, and has been making the rounds on the Internet as beard and stop-motion lovers unite to praise his efforts.

As Garvin — an award-winning photojournalist and staff photographer for the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota — puts it, “never let a good beard go to waste.” So when it was time to do away with a very respectable beard, he decided to take advantage of the opportunity and create something that would make people laugh.

He may not have anticipated just how much laughter though. In addition to making his 7-year-old wet himself, the video has now been watched on YouTube over 1.2 million times.


The original footage was shot on Garvin’s iPhone using an app called Stop Motion Studio, and then further edited and set to music using Adobe Premiere Pro. The final product starts out with some fun comb and beard acrobatics, moves on to pulling things out of and disappearing things into the bushy mass, and ends with… well we’ll let that part be a surprise.

Check out the video at the top to get a laugh, and if you want to see some of Garvin’s more serious work, head over to his website or Twitter by clicking on the respective links. You can also find out more about the making of by following this link to Garvin’s Twin Cities blog.

(via FullyM)

  • Joel Ruiz Cantisani

    that was awesome lol!

  • Gman

    worth the 2 mins

  • Atlanta Owner

    I’ll never be able to use shaving cream again. Now I’m afraid of clowns AND shaving cream. dammit.


    photobomb @ 1:28 LOL!

  • David Arthur

    Did not expect the ending!

  • MJ Coffey

    haha this was GREAT! :D

  • Truikos

    Did he die?

  • Leonardo Abreu

    LOL, the ending!

  • Jason

    I was bored and was expecting a dull “watch me grow my beard” video, but this was absolutely great! Thanks for putting it up here :)

  • Syuaip

    an acute LOL!

  • BrokenPencil

    Great laughs with this one!