Hey out there! I’m so happy to present the trailer for the latest short film forthcoming from Primordial Creative studios! Featuring amazing voice acting from @ohthumbelina and featuring Bethany Brown and Peter Bugg in a jazzy office drama told in surreal stop motion animated form.
My first foray into stop motion (discounting all those Lego movies I made with my kids). I love the technique, going back to my childhood watching Ray Harryhausen films and Mr. Bill.
There are several apps that make it very easy to do a stop motion video with your phone or tablet, but the key is having a bracket on a tripod that can keep your device in a fixed location. I made such a bracket using a versatile plastic called Instamorph. It comes in a jar of small beads that you heat up in hot water, and can shape into whatever format you can do in 4 minutes, after which it needs to be re-boiled to keep shaping. We inserted a $3 tripod nut and- voila- a DIY bracket. Probably not what you’d want in a hurricane but it’s stable enough to do studio/ at home behind-the-scenes type stop motion videos.
The final touch of the music is the easy part, since I create multiple tracks during any given week when I’m not doing other stuff. I fully intend on having a stop motion video for most shoots, whether it’s an art piece in itself or a behind the scenes thingie, it’s a wonderful ancillary tool.