Laser Cut Sculptures In Motion Show The Endless Fun That Playing With Them Brings

Stanford professor John Edmark has turned his brilliant mathematical sculptures into stop motion films to show their playful movements. A lecturer in the design program of the Department of Art & Art History, Edmark’s laser-cut sculptures are as fascinating to play with as they are to look at. Intricate details bring these thoughtful illusions to life and the videos below will make you wish you had one of your own to tinker with.

It Took Over 1000 Light Paintings to Create This Impressive Video

Darren Pearson, aka Darius Twin, takes us on a trip to the Photon Zoo in his mesmerizing video Lightspeed. The last time we featured the Los Angeles-based light artist he was creating glowing dinosaurs in mid-air. Now he’s put his art in motion, which is no small feat when you consider how it’s made. For each frame you see here, Darius Twin takes a long exposure photograph and draws the entire camel, snake, dolphin, etc. Think about drawing something repeatedly, in mid-air, in darkness, and you get how impressive that is.

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…”

A Stop-Motion Animation Made from 10k Nuts

Using 10,000 hex nuts and a big slab of concrete, director Will Lemke and his team created a stop-motion animation that pays tribute to the rhythms of mechanics and industry. Animated in one contiguous shot, the nuts transform from sound waves, to factories, and the tools used to build them. The entire process took 2 weeks, working 12 hours a day.

Love Can Feel Like Floating (and In This Video That Means Air Surfing Through NYC)

“After a perfect kiss, you get a feeling of weightlessness. You can compare the sensation to floating or flying.” That’s the spirit captured in this charming stop-motion short, which features a couple floating in the bliss of newfound love and an unlikely sight on the streets of New York City: surfboards.

Stop-Motion Parkour Video Made in the Park

Good parkour looks just about like flying, and the best at the sport can turn walls and buildings into something that almost looks flat. But hey, that all takes tons of practice! Who wants that? Sam and Niko of CorridorDigital took the easy route – but one that’s particularly clever. On a sweltering hot day they shot an entire ‘parkour’ scene in their local park, only instead of jumping they did A LOT of laying down. The duo rigged up a tall PVC pipe rig for their GoPro camera and created the stop-motion masterpiece looking down from the air above.

Fantastic Stop-Motion Videos of Furniture that Builds Itself

Woodworker and designer Frank Howarth has a workshop with a life of its own – at least that’s how it appears in his addictive stop-motion construction videos. His YouTube channel features a collection of meticulously created videos that detail each step in the construction of bookshelves, chairs, and toys – only Howarth is completely missing from the workshop. Here, pieces of raw wood seem to cut and assemble themselves. How convenient!

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.

Each Frame of This Stop-Motion Animation Was Made with a 3D Printer

With highly accurate 3D animation the standard in today’s world, it’s refreshing to see someone taking animation back to its origins when every frame was hand made… even if they did use highly modern technology. The creative folks at DBLG recently finished up an in-house project that sees an animated bear walking up a never ending flight of stairs, and each frame in this animation is individually 3D printed!

Stop-Motion LEGOs: An Amazingly Accurate Remake of ‘The Blues Brothers’ Legendary Mall Car Chase

Bricktease Blues Brothers

When it comes to old-school movie chase scenes, there are few that match the epic destructiveness of the classic mall car chase from The Blues Brothers. Similarly, there are few classic toys that have quite stood the test of time like LEGO. That’s just one part of why this creation from Australian stop-motion animator Duncan McConchie is so incredibly cool. It’s matched nearly frame for frame with the original film and features the same cool dialogue from John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd at their very best.