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Tissue Paper Stop Motion Animals for Nepia

Tissue Paper Stop Motion Animals for Nepia stop motion paper animation advertising

Created by Yuki Ariga for Japanese paper manufacturer Nepia this lovely animated short features a cavalcade of delicately folded tissue paper animals. If you’re interested, here’s the making of video. (via NOTCOT)

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Behind the Scenes of John Lewis’ Stop Motion Holiday Ad from adam&eveDDB

Behind the Scenes of John Lewis Stop Motion Holiday Ad from adam&eveDDB stop motion Christmas animation advertising

UK department store chain John Lewis are known for the high production value of their annual holiday commercial produced in partnership with Adam&Eve/DDB. This year’s festive/sappy/tear-jerker ad, The Bear & the Hare, could have been produced using standard animation, but the creative team opted for a much more complex and time-consuming hybrid of hand-drawn animation converted into stop motion animation. The making-of video above is almost more impressive than the actual commercial, which you can watch here. BUT WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!? The BBC tries to interpret the ad. (via It’s Nice That)

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A Story of Reincarnation Told Through Stop Motion Face Paint

A Story of Reincarnation Told Through Stop Motion Face Paint video art stop motion reincarnation makeup animation

This animated short by London-based artist, animator and body painter Emma Allen briefly depicts the cycle of reincarnation using face paint. Allen made the 75-second piece over a period of five days by painting and photographing her own face. (via mashKULTURE)

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Light Goes On: A New Light Painting Stop Motion Video About a Skateboarding Skeleton by Darren Pearson

Light Goes On: A New Light Painting Stop Motion Video About a Skateboarding Skeleton by Darren Pearson stop motion light painting animation

Light painter Darren Pearson (previously here and here) is back with a new stop motion short that follows the adventures of a skateboarding skeleton. In the making for nearly a year, the video involves over 700 individual photographs that were painted in camera using a small flashlight.

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The New American: An Abstract Stop Motion Animation Laser Cut onto 800 Blocks of Wood by Nando Costa

The New American: An Abstract Stop Motion Animation Laser Cut onto 800 Blocks of Wood by Nando Costa wood stop motion animation

The New American: An Abstract Stop Motion Animation Laser Cut onto 800 Blocks of Wood by Nando Costa wood stop motion animation

Created by designer Nando Costa (previously) The New American is a painstakingly crafted motion graphics animation that was laser cut into a series of 800 individual maple blocks, a process that took nearly two years. Of the work Costa says:

The abstract storyline showcased in this piece is a concoction of a variety of ideas and can perhaps be described as a union between concepts and experiments born during the Situationist movement and real life events experienced during the last few years in American society. Particularly the duality between the economic downturn and the shift in values and beliefs of many citizens.

Several frames from the animation are currently available over on Etsy. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)

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The Deep: Animator ‘PES’ Creates a Murky Underwater World with Metallic Tools

American director and stop-motion animator PES just released his beautiful 2010 stop motion short The Deep on his official YouTube channel in high definition. The murky underwater world of fish, seaweed and other aquatic lifeforms is created entirely from old hand tools, nut crackers, calipers, film lenses, faucet knobs, chains, and skeleton keys—the exact opposite of what you might expect to animate sea life with—demonstrating why PES is clearly a master of his craft. The clip appeared briefly as part of Showtime Network’s “Short Stories” back in 2010 but later taken down. The re-release is accompanied by a limited edition screen print.

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155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope gifs animation

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope gifs animation

Nearly 155 years before CompuServe debuted the first animated gif in 1987, Belgian physicist Joseph Plateau unveiled an invention called the Phenakistoscope, a device that is largely considered to be the first mechanism for true animation. The simple gadget relied on the persistence of vision principle to display the illusion of images in motion. Via Juxtapoz:

The phenakistoscope used a spinning disc attached vertically to a handle. Arrayed around the disc’s center were a series of drawings showing phases of the animation, and cut through it were a series of equally spaced radial slits. The user would spin the disc and look through the moving slits at the disc’s reflection in a mirror. The scanning of the slits across the reflected images kept them from simply blurring together, so that the user would see a rapid succession of images that appeared to be a single moving picture.

Though Plateau is credited with inventing the device, there were numerous other mathematicians and physicists who were working on similar ideas around the same time, and even they were building on the works of Greek mathematician Euclid and Sir Isaac Newton who had also identified principles behind the phenakistoscope.

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope gifs animation

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope gifs animation
Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope gifs animation
Courtesy the Richard Balzer Collection

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope gifs animation

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope gifs animation

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope gifs animation

155 Years Before the First Animated Gif, Joseph Plateau Set Images in Motion with the Phenakistoscope gifs animation
The moving image was only viewable through a narrow slit. Via Wikimedia Commons

So what kinds of things did people want to see animated as they peered into these curious motion devices? Lions eating people. Women morphing into witches. And some other pretty wild and psychedelic imagery, not unlike animated gifs today. Included here is a random selection of some of the first animated images, several of which are courtesy The Richard Balzer Collection who has been painstakingly digitizing old phenakistoscopes over on their Tumblr. (via Juxtapoz, 2headedsnake, thanks Brian!)

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