Incredible Stop Motion Film Made with Intricate Styrofoam Models and Long-Exposure Light Trickery

If it wasn’t for the very short behind the scenes video we’ve embedded below, we would have a hard time believing that the animation above really was just an incredibly intricate mix of stop-motion and long-exposure lighting effects — it’s beyond impressive.

Called Marilyn Miller, the six-minute video is the brain child of animator and director Mikey Please and Dan Ojari of Parabella Animation Studio, and it took a year for the duo to sculpt, photograph and otherwise create this jaw-dropping styrofoam story.

Here’s that short BTS clip we mentioned:

On the face of it, the film is about creation and destruction; or, as Please puts it in the Vimeo description, “Marilyn maketh, Marilyn taketh awayth.” But once the camera pulls back, we realize that Marilyn is really a meta commentary on the art of stop-motion animation… filmed in stop-motion animation.

And if anybody can appreciate the frustration of trying to create something and constantly falling short of your own sky-high expectations, it’s photographers. Fortunately, most of our work doesn’t involve the “one zillion hand carved tiny things” Please had to deal with.

(via Colossal)

  • MikeAlgar42

    You can see in that short making of clip that that one shot took 3 days because they changed clothes 3 times.

  • OtterMatt

    I can’t even. The dedication, planning, and professionalism required to work for that time and at that level of detail is astounding, and the end result is one of the best stop-motion animations I’ve ever seen, bar none.

    And we get our kickers in a twist over something like a photo’s composition. Ye gods, we’re such small potatoes compared to that level of effort for a single work.

  • OtterMatt

    Also, you typo’d the name in the article. It’s Myller with a “y”, not an “i”.

  • Ian Norman

    This work is just amazing. Mindblowing

  • Maria Hummel

    Wow. Amazing

  • Lisa Wallace

    Holy….. That was ndescribable. I lost myself while watching that. For now I don’t want to see how it was made….but I will, bc I always love animation/special effects behind-the-scenes. But I’m going to savor the spell for a little longer.