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Watch Sliced Fruits and Vegetables Disappear Before Your Eyes in Vibrant Animations by Kevin Parry

March 22, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

Kevin Parry creates stop-motion animations that turn the quotidian task of slicing vegetables and fruit into a near psychedelic exploration of each food’s interiors. Through a common technique called strata-cut, the Toronto-based animator creates videos that slowly peel away the exteriors of peppers, avocados, and onions, revealing patterns we might not notice while preparing a simple stir-fry or stew. Although Parry is used to taking his time perfecting each frame, for this series he had to race against the clock to avoid the organic materials browning or losing their vivacious color. Make sure to watch the full video below to take a look behind-the-scenes of his process, and hear the sound effects Parry created by cutting, crunching, and chewing each featured food. You can see more of his animations on Instagram and Youtube.

 

 



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The Secret Lives of Objects Revealed in Juan Pablo Zaramella’s Trailer for Así son las cosas

March 3, 2019

Andrew LaSane

Argentinian director Juan Pablo Zaramella (previously) has shared the trailer for a cute new stop-motion television series featuring typically inanimate objects living out funny scenarios. With a title that translates in English to “The Way Things Are,” each episode in the series is one minute long and appears to focus on a different subject, from an egg catching a carton bus, to a stick of dynamite visiting a psychologist who also happens to be a pair of scissors. The sound effects and voices add to the humor. Though you’d need to know Spanish to understand the exact words, Zaramella’s scenes are universally comprehensible: a toothpaste man protests a blushing toothbrush bride’s vows, while  a roll of toilet paper demands access to an occupied bathroom.

The project won Zaramella the Audience Award at the Big Cartoon Festival 2018 and took 2nd prize at the Cyber Sousa / Xiamen International Animation Festival. His previous TV series, The Tiniest Man in World, blended stop-motion animation with live-action and is currently only available to watch if you live in Argentina. There is no word yet on when or where audiences can see Así son las cosas in full, but the two-minute trailer above is a great sample of what’s to come. It also shows the amount of time and detail that went into capturing every frame in order to tell the silly short stories. You can watch more of Zaramella’s films on Vimeo.

 

 

 



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Wide-Mouthed Heads Consume and Absorb a Range of Mutable Forms in the Short Film “Distortion”

February 4, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

Swedish animator and sculptor Alexander Unger (previously here and here) creates stop motion animations and tutorials on his Youtube channel titled Guldies. His most recent claymation, Distortion, follows the transformation of eight dice-sized blue cubes into a series of limbs, puddles, and wide-mouthed heads that consume and absorb the previous clay form in rapid succession. Although captivating to watch, the sound effects add another dimension to the short film. Each metallic ting or watery bloop tricks the eye into believing the clay is harder or softer than it appears on screen. Watch out for a twist ending that ties the whole piece together as a beautiful looping narrative. (via Laughing Squid)

 

 



Animation

ISLAND: A Cast of Colorful Creatures Pop, Quiver, and Hiccup in a Charming Stop Motion Animation

January 4, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

ISLAND is a new animated short by Max Mörtl and Robert Löbel which transports the audience to an island populated by a diverse range of fictitious creatures. Solitary pink blocks, bird-like beings, and volcanos find friends and partners along the way, each showcasing a unique method of verbal or aural communication. Lava wiggles while Tetris-like tubes find unique ways to stack and connect, and a blue blob rhythmically beats its long nose against the trunk of an island tree to attract the attention of a feathered friend. The film is a mix of 2d animation and stop motion crafted from paper, cotton balls, and clay, and is soundtracked by designer David Kamp who melodically edits together the animals’ noises. (via Colossal Submissions)

 

 



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A Needle-Felted Stop Motion Film Explores a Hedgehog’s Quest to Defend His Humble Home

December 20, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Hedgehog’s Home is an animated film that explores how one brave hedgehog faces off against a bevy of forest beasts to defend the honor of his beloved home. The stop motion film was created by animator and director Eva Cvijanović as an adaptation of the eponymous children’s poem by Branko Ćopić, a writer from the former Yugoslavia. The timeless tale focuses on how cultivating a safe and comfortable home reflects a large part of who we are.

The needle-felted film has won several awards, including the Best Film Award at the KIKI International Film Festival for Kids (2017), Honorable Mention at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (2017), and Best Children’s Film at the GLAS Animation Festival (2018). You can see more of her animation work on Vimeo. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)

 

 



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Lost & Found: An Endearing Animated Film About the Selflessness of True Love

December 14, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Lost & Found is an endearing stop motion film that chronicles a dramatic turning point in the sweet relationship between two crocheted animal toys. A foxy fox and smitten dinosaur have enjoyed many special memories in their adopted home of a Japanese restaurant’s lost and found bin. But when the fox topples into a fountain, the dinosaur must give his all to save her. The short film, directed by Andrew Goldsmith and Bradley Slabe and produced by Lucy J. Hayes, convincingly imagines the inner lives of its stuffed animal protagonists and uses the fragile nature of crochet as the crux of the storyline. Lost & Found has been widely lauded at film festivals since its debut this year. You can see behind the scenes of the film on the Lost & Found website.

 

 



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A Time-Lapse Look at the Making of Isle of Dogs’s Animated Sushi Master

December 10, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Did you know that the sushi-making scene in Wes Anderson’s latest film Isle of Dogs took over a month to produce? In a recent time-lapse video, animator Andy Biddle (who has previously worked on Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and the Grand Budapest Hotel) shows the detailed steps he took for the film’s sushi master to prepare a bento box of crab and octopus. The 32-day shoot was created by Biddle and Tony Farquhar-Smith, who took over the scene at its mid-point when Biddle left to work on another project. Their hands fly around the set, yet the character’s false appendages seem to effortlessly glide across the table, handling undulating tentacles and perfectly slicing segments of fish. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)

 

 

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