I’ve always been a big fan of stop-motion animation, from Ray Harryhausen to Nick Park. It never occurred to me that it was something I could do myself though. Even with a cheap cine camera, the cost of developing a reel of film only to find that you’d nudged the set half way through or mistimed a walk was just too much.
When a work colleague brought a cheap l’Espion digital camera into the office and, in the course of playing about with it, made a very short and slightly ropy film of a toy Mike Wazowski (from Monsters Inc) eating a Post-It note, I realised that maybe I could have a go after all.
I was amazed that it could be so simple to produce a film, and I went straight out and had a good old google for more information. The next thing I knew, I had a camera, some free software and my old childhood LEGO collection and I was away.
The films below were all done under poor lighting conditions with a l’Espion camera, so bear with me. They’re mostly tests that I did to get the hang of animation and/or effects. They’re all encoded with DivX 5.0.2 (you can download the latest DivX codec from www.divx.com). Apologies to Mac users and anyone else with an irrational dislike of DivX -- I don’t intend to convert these to any other format because life really is too short.
I don’t think any of these are over 10 seconds long. Enjoy.
- My very first animation -- Riverdance
- My first walk cycle
- My first run cycle
- A Mexican wave -- works best if you loop it
- Busting the phat beats
- An attempt at animating 4 characters at once
- Fun with chairs
- My first fx shot
- The obligatory light sabre fight
- My first drunken stagger cycle
- Zombie rising from the grave
- A ghostly skeleton menaces an unsuspecting victim
And for those who can’t be bothered to download a bunch of crap, here it is on YouTube