An introduction to Stop-Motion Animation

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Stop-motion animation (also referred to as stop frame animation) is an animation technique that involves the physical manipulation of an object so that it appears to move on its own. The object is moved slightly in each photograph to create the illusion of movement when all the photos are strung together and played quickly, like in the clip below.

Stop motion animation can be dated back to as early as 1897 with the movie The Humpty Dumpty Circus, where a toy circus of animals comes to life. Throughout the years, there have been many well-known television shows and movies to feature stop-motion like Gumby, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the AT-AT walkers in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, as seen in the video below.

Due to the rise of stop motion animation software and apps, stop motion is currently having a resurgence of popularity, as seen in movies like Chicken Run, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Frankenweenie, television shows like Robot Chicken, and even in music videos. In 2009, recording artist, Oren Lavi used stop motion in the music video for his song “Her Morning Elegance”. The video amassed over 25 million views and won the GRAMMY for “Best Short Form Music Video” in 2010.

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