Even though this video has a provocative title, it is a great example of animating still photos into a video. It’s also really sweet.
Here are some notes about how they made the video from www.otherthings.com. Follow the link for more information:
We made this video using a technique called “pixilation”, which is a fancy term for stop-motion animation done with real people instead of puppets. We shot it, frame by frame, with Raquel’s Canon DSLR over a period of nine months. Those of you who stopped by our house might have noticed some mysterious tape marks on the floor in the living room. Those were for the camera tripod and our feet.
Animating over such a long period of time, using an increasingly pregnant woman as one of your puppets, means basically throwing out everything you might normally do in an animated film. For example, early on, we had this idea that we should wear the same clothes every time, for continuity’s sake. But as Raquel’s pregnancy developed, we soon discovered that the extra effort required to change in and out of our uniforms was going to interfere with the goal of shooting as many frames as possible, and might even prevent us from finishing the project at all. We dialed down the perfectionism, and in the process ended up having a lot more fun with it.
This week the new Wilco album came out and as a fan of the band for many years, I figured one post to compile lots of information and links would be required. The above photo was taken by Jeff Tweedy’s 14 year old son, while the family was on vacation in Los Angeles. They were there of course because Wilco was playing 3 sold out shows and his family travels whenever possible.
Also while in LA, the band appeared on the Conan O’Brien show. The day after the show, a clip was available on line. It has since been removed. People actually found my post when Wilco appeared on Conan from 3 years ago while searching for the new clip. Alas, that clip has been removed from YouTube as well.
I like the new album, but I need to listen to it more. I’m not going to break it down song by song, as I don’t do CD reviews. Plenty of others do that, and the reviews are easy to find (I have linked to one below). Not only did I not pre-order the CD from the band as I usually do, but I did not even purchase a CD. I bought the MP3s from Amazon on the day of release. It just doesn’t make sense to buy a piece of plastic for one time use (copy the songs to my hard drive).
Relive some classic video games from the 1980’s with created in stop motion animation using Legos. This was created by Michael Hickox. See if you can identify all the games. Click through to YouTube to check your answers. Hat tip to Laughing Squid.
Weird Al has managed to stay relevant for nearly 30 years. The above song is a classic example of his talent. He captures both the essence of Craigslist and all its silliness with the over the top performance style of Jim Morrison of the Doors. The song features original Doors member Ray Manzarek on keyboards, adding that distinct organ sound to the song.
If you are a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s film, this video is a classic mixtape of songs from his movies, but the visuals mix the movies up with split screens, jump cuts and sliding boxes to highlight similar themes and shots from the director of Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.