This is bar-none one of the creepiest things to ever appear on Colossal, but it’s Halloween and this clip is so well animated I couldn’t pass it up. UK artist and illustrator Erica Luke depicts rot and and decay with this super spooky stop motion video made with facepaint. Sound by Matthew Perryman. Man this gives me the heebie jeebies.
This latest music video for Wax Tailor featuring Aloe Blacc was shot by the crew over at Australian firm Oh Yeah Wow (previously) who spent over three months carefully moving a crocheted, four-legged octopus (a quadropus!) by hand using stop-motion. The end result is technically incredible despite a somewhat gloomy ending, the team’s ability to create the illusion of being underwater using just a few sparse props is commendable in and of it itself. See more making of photos here. Directed by Darcy Prendergast and Seamus Spilsbury.
Mysteries of Vernacular is an ongoing video series by NYC-based Myriapod Productions that explores the etymology of individual words through a carefully animated book. According to Myriapod the series will eventually include 26 stories, each of which takes nearly 80 hours to research, construct and animate. Since taking Latin in high school I’ve been keenly aware of the bizarre ways in which different cultures appropriate and modify language, but this series really casts an engaging light on the whole messy ordeal. (via flavorwire)
This new music video from Marc Donahue and Sean Michael Williams starring Beau Brigham was shot over a six month period in two states and is the second part of a two part series that explores some interesting ideas in animation and what they describe as “lyric lapsing”. According to the producers the final edit is comprised of some 15,000 stills and involved 6-8 hours of work to produce just 3-4 seconds of footage. I urge you to stick with it for at least a minute as there are some increasingly amazing sequences after that. (via booooooom)
This gorgeous stop motion video of Paris was shot by filmmaker and photographer Mayeul Akpovi who shot thousands of photos by simply moving his tripod around various scenic areas of the city during the day and night. I really love this style, make sure you watch through to the fireworks at the end. (via vimeo)
UK-based YouTube user nothinghereok bought this used engine off Ebay for his Triumph Spitfire after his own engine suffered a catastrophic failure. He then decided to document the process of rebuilding the engine from stripping its thousands of parts, cleaning them up to completely reassembling the entire thing again. Mind-boggling. Also, a great (no so great?) little surprise at the end.
No Noodles is a new short stop motion film by Montreal-based animator Tyler Nicolson, music by Chris Adriaanse. I love the shot of the fish diving in water.
Directed by Jerónimo Rocha out of Lisbon, Les Pasayges tells the story of a group of friends who embark on a vacation in a caravan of vintage vehicles. The destination? Rocha’s scenic office. Learn more about how they shot it over on Behance.
Lastly, Elise Fachon, a 2012 graduate of RISD, shot this animated piece titled PIN as a final for her intermediate stop motion film class where she wanted to examine creating characters using the most simple of shapes. I think she accomplished that and more.
Portland artist Jo Hamilton (previously) has a number of new crocheted portraits up on her website including a recently shot stop-motion video detailing the progress of a piece that’s one party freaky and two parts amazing. Hamilton was interviewed earlier this month in Vogue.