The Boxtrolls’ End Credits Shows How Much Work Goes Into Stop-Motion

A stop-motion movie might not be the typical platform for a philosophical discussion of determinism versus free will, but the end credits for The Boxtrolls handles it in very funny fashion. The short clip also highlights the massive amount of work that goes into creating a stop-motion film, showing a time-lapse animator repositioning each character a countless number of times to produce just this short sequence.

For an idea of how long this took, note the changes in the animators outfit as the days pass.

“It’s just too much…”

Is This What Classic Disney Films Would Look Like Today?

There’s a distinct difference between classic Disney animations and the films like “Frozen” that we see today. Older films were hand animated, and feature a distinctly flat cartoonish appearance, but today’s computer animated films are a world apart. Their atmospheric realism is so convincing it almost looks like the real world. Video game character artist Tyson Murphy has been updating these classics making us wonder, “what if those older films were made today?”

A Film Without Film: Behold The Magic of 3D Printing Animation

Who says you need film to make a film? A French artist named Julien Maire has combined the modern technology of 3D printing with the classic art of animation to create unique light motion on a wall. The final result, composed of 85 miniature figurines in various micro-movement poses, looks like a motion picture of a man digging a hole. Like a flashy, crackly, silent film reel from the early 1900s, the project uses new ideas to create something old school.

Norman Rockwell’s “Connoisseur” Admires the GIF Masterpieces of Today

For the GIF connoisseur, there isn’t a huge selection at your local gallery or museum. But one art space has emerged digitally, bringing those with a taste for looping images that same sense of admiring a masterpiece… in the company of one particular fellow. He originally appeared in Norman Rockwell’s painting The Connoisseur in 1951. It showed him observing what looked like a Jackson Pollock piece.

These are the Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move.

A Mesmerizing Stop-Motion Video Made by Sanding Through Objects a Half Millimeter at a Time

There are hidden spaces inside the objects that surround us, and it only takes a industrial sanding machine to reveal them. That’s the work that artist Laurin Döpfner has done with the video Verschleif, removing just a half millimeter of each object with a pass from the sander, and photographing each layer to create a seriously mesmerizing stop-motion video.

Magic and Madness from Past World Cups, Animated in Five-Second Videos

It has begun in Brazil. The first kick of World Cup 2014 has been made and the first win is already on the books. Now the world enthusiastically waits for those choice moments that make this game so good. FIVES is a collection of films made by a wide range of world creatives, each featuring a memory from past World Cups reinterpreted in just five seconds. For anyone who saw the original game, these retellings really hit home.