Posts Tagged ‘stop motion’

Creative Stop-Motion Video Revisits Classic NES Games

“NES Stop Motion” is an amazing stop motion video by YouTube user bornforthis43 that took over 120 hours to produce. Each scene was created using paper and ordinary household objects, and over 7,000 photographs went into making this 3 minute long stop-motion video. The result is a video that should deliver a healthy dose of nostalgia to people who enjoyed gaming on the NES back in the 80s and 90s.

Paper People Skateboarding in Stop-Motion

Skateboardanimation” is a creative video by Tilles Singer that combines digital photographs, magazine cutouts, and recorded sound effects to show little paper people skateboarding across handmade landscapes. It’s about a minute long, and should be just enough to give you your daily dose of creativity.

Interview with Eyal Landesman

Last week, we posted news that Oren Lavie’s music video for “Her Morning Elegance,” filmed using stop-motion by photographer Eyal Landesman, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Though the video did not win the award, Landesman has already garnered several photo accolades as a commercial and documentary-style photographer. Landesman is based in Israel, but his work has also been shown internationally, including exhibitions in Boston and Budapest. His print stills for “Her Morning Elegance” are on display at Space F2/Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California, and are available for purchase at the HME Gallery site.

PetaPixel: Can you tell us about yourself, what you do, and your background?

Eyal Landesman: I was born in Haifa, Israel in the year 1970. My professional career started in 1993 as a photojournalist for various magazines in Israel and a number of international press agencies. Today I specialize in dance and theater photography.

PP: Your website portfolio reflects a strong awareness of the human body, motion, and dance. Was it natural to shift your style of capturing that motion and converting it into a stop-motion music video?

EL: I was drawn always to the exploration of the borders between imagination, illusion and documentary work through photography. Throughout my career I investigated these borders by a variety of technological and cultural platforms, starting at the theatre, both in front and behind the curtains. Later, by expanding my interest in a search of the borders of conventional photography both in time and space in images created with the use of diverse technologies and presentation forms, e.g. zooming and projection of the captured image, using public or darkened spaces or using Stop motion technology.

PP: What was the shooting process like?

EL: The clip was made a year ago in my studio located in Tel-Aviv, Israel. The video was made using simple technology. We used Tungsten light and a gobo mask for the windows. It took us around 48 hours to shoot the video; we worked on it almost non-stop… I used the Canon 5D camera, only a month later did the Canon Mark 2 arrived to Israel (I did it without using live view).

PP: What did you find most challenging while making the music video?

EL: All my life as a still photographer I try to catch one moment (mostly in 1/1000 sec). in stop motion the challenge is to think about 2096 photos together one after the other, in 3.2 min.

PP: I’d imagine there would be so many elements to think about: music, motion, image composition, and so forth. How did you manage to blend all those elements together so seamlessly?

EL: We work together, directors, animation, and of course  Oren Lavie the musician, and together we created it.

PP: Congratulations again on your Grammy nomination. Were you expecting such a mainstream response to the video?

EL: I was not expecting such an amount of viewers. I was more surprised by the 10 million hits on YouTube, than the Grammy nomination.

Image credits: Photographs by Eyal Landesman.

Stop-Motion Music Video Nominated for Grammy, Prints for Sale

Israeli singer-songwriter Oren Lavie teamed up with photographer Eyal Landesman to create an imaginative music video for “Her Morning Elegance”, which was recently nominated for the Best Short Form Music Video Grammy award.

The video is comprised of a striking 2,096 still images strung fluidly together, according to the Her Morning Elegance Gallery website.

Photographer Landesman spent time as a photojournalist, but found his passion as a dance photographer. Landesman said in an interview with Jerusalem Post:

“I had done some work in stop motion for a project in the Acre Festival a few years ago, but I didn’t really know the term for it,” said Landesman. “When I sat with Oren, Yuval and Merav, and we worked out the storyboard and the whole concept, I began to understand – I never knew it had a title.

“As a photographer, I try to capture the moment. But what happens when the moment is 100 images per second? I had to rethink a lot of what I knew and work with a timeline, and think about what was before and what’s going to come after, and after that, for 2,000 photos. It was a totally different way of thinking.”

Landesman and company have dreamed up an interesting way to monetize and distribute his project: by deconstructing and selling each individual still image as 2,096 separate pieces of art.

Starting today, individual images can be purchased for $250 from the Her Morning Elegance Gallery site, and can be viewed in person at the physical art gallery, Space F2/Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California.

Stop-Motion Digital Photography on the Silver Screen

Animated films have had enjoyed increased exposure on the big screen this year. Films like Pixar’s Up, Miyazaki’s Ponyo, and Ari Folman’s animated documentary, Waltz with Bashir,  have received widespread critical acclaim, demonstrating that while animated films can be family-friendly, they are at their core a dynamic and imaginative medium with impressive potential.

Two major animated films this year, Henry Selick’s 3D film, Coraline, and Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, utilize an old animating technique that has been used for nearly a century: stop-motion.

According to the IMDB websites of both films, the individual frames of Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox were captured with Nikon DSLRs: the Nikon D80 and D3, respectively, along with a variety of other lenses, bodies, and equipment. Additionally, several Canon bodies can be spotted in a video feature on Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Producer Jeremy Dawson notes how differently the film was produced because it was on a digital medium: instead of director Wes Anderson being present during the entire filming process, captured photographs could be remotely accessed and viewed for his approval, no matter where he was physically. The final film consists of 5,229 shots, 621,450 frames, an average of 120 gigabytes of data was captured per day, and the total storage for the images took up 18.5 terabytes of space.

Coraline also seems to have its share of behind-the-scenes camera aficionados; the titular character can be seen in one scene using a Leica camera.

Both films are visually captivating. Coraline director Selick does not stray far from the styles of his previous animated masterpieces, James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Director Wes Anderson’s trademark vintage color palette also stays consistently impressive.

The behind the scenes featurettes of the films are worth a watch as well, and provide some interesting insight into the tedious effort and tremendous amount of time put into making these gorgeous motion pictures.

The Making of Coraline

Behind the Scenes of Fantastic Mr. Fox

Image and Video Credits: Fox Searchlight (Fantastic Mr. Fox) and Focus Features (Coraline).

Inspired Personalized Photo Gifts

Personalized mugs with your mug on it, photo blankets, and good ol’ fashioned framed pictures are all fine and dandy, but they can get old fast.

We posted a few personalized photo gifts in yesterday’s PetaPixel Photography Gift Guide 2009, but here are a few more ideas to get out the old and in with the inspired:

The Old Gift: Framed Photos


I have a few wonderful friends who have gifted me with a growing number of framed photos, but quite frankly, I have no place to put them anymore! And some of the photos are so outdated (visualize: awkward age) that they’re a tad embarrassing to have out in the open.

The Inspired Gift: The DIY Photo Book


Self-published photo books are a modern twist on the photo album, and have a classy look and feel. Even better, they can be stored easily on a bookshelf!

There are a lot of great photo book sites and software out there, and especially around this time of the year, most of the sites have some sort of discount.

These are just a few to check out:

The Old Gift: Giant Photo Print


Sure, mounted 11X17 prints are pretty epic, but over time, most digital prints can deteriorate.

The Inspired Gift: Canvas Print


Showcase your masterpiece on canvas! It’s pricier, but even more epic. Costco offers photos printed on canvas starting at $29.99 for an 8X10 print.

But remember, if you give the gift of a photograph, pick something that is timeless, iconic, or extremely significant. Instead of framing a posed, toothy photo of your buddy and you, pick a candid photo or one that captures a special moment in your friendship. Or better yet, use one of your favorite still life, landscape, or street scene photos as a gift. Let your photography shine!

The Old Gift: Digital Picture Frame


Digital picture frames are so 2008, but they still make fresh gifts if you spruce it up a little!

The Inspired Gift: Digital Picture Frame — with your own photo project!

Instead of gifting an empty frame, or generic photos, try something unique utilizing the frame’s display. Make a stop-motion film that will loop with the playback feature of the frame.  Use the frame to share a photo story or take photos with a certain theme and make the gift-receiver guess the theme.

If you’ve got a great DIY photo gift project or idea you’d like to share, leave a comment!

Image Credits: Photo Arrangement by palindrome6996, Maine spread in Blurb Book by Kelly Gifford, Grandeur by Johnath