Category Archives: Stop Motion

Early Henry Selick shorts

Here is a collection of inspiring work by Henry Selick, including his pencil tests for Disney when he went to Cal Arts, a few of his MTV bumpers, and personal work prior to Nightmare Before Christmas.

 

Reel Roulette

Today in Junior Seminar, Marsha from Career Development stopped by and mentioned a website called Reel Roulette.

 

http://reelroulette.net/

 

Reel Roulette features demo reels from motion graphic artists, animators, compositors, visual effects artists, etc. All you have to do click “Next Reel” and you jump to a random demo reel which you can “like”. Anyone can submit their demo reel to the site (via a vimeo link) and it gets added to their collection.

Its a great way to get your work out there and also discover whats out there.

I submitted mine this morning and here’s what it looks like: http://reelroulette.net/bhaktipatel

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Really cute stop motion

Short stop motion created by Patrick Boivin.For something like this, most people take a CG route, it was really cool to see someone go in a different direction using stop motion and physical puppeteering.

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Lift Animation Internships

An up and coming stop motion studio in LA

Here’s their demo reel:

All internships are unpaid. Please email liftanimation@gmail.com with Lift Internship in the subject line. Please include your resume, reel/portfolio and specialty interested in.

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Laika Internships

https://laika.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.welcome&category_id=85004&company_id=15887&version=2&startflag=1&parent=LAIKA%20ENTERTAINMENT%20INTERNSHIPS&levelid1=85004

LAIKA INTERNSHIPS

What are LAIKA’S internship qualifications?

Students must be currently enrolled as a junior or senior in a college or a university.

Are LAIKA internships paid?

Yes, LAIKA only offers paid internships. We do not offer internships for college credit.

Will LAIKA cover housing for interns?

LAIKA offers some assistance with housing (fairly minimal); full details shared upon hire.

What should I showcase in my portfolio?

For guidance on what to showcase in your portfolio, please seek direction from your career advisor and/or career center at your current school.

What is the duration of the internship?

Students must be available for eight consecutive weeks; most internships last twelve weeks.

Will I need a portfolio to apply for an internship?

Yes. To apply for an internship position on the LAIKA career page, please click on the link. You will be instructed on how to apply. Allowable resume formats include: PDF (.pdf), MS Word (.doc), Plain Text (.txt), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and/or HTML (.htm/.html). Any additional details you may need regarding the submission of reels and/or portfolios will be provided. For PDF files, please be sure the PDF is text-based vs. character-based in order to ensure your resume is uploaded to your profile.

What types of interns does LAIKA hire?

Departments that typically hire interns are:

  • Puppets (Costume, Sculpture, Armature, Puppet Painting)
  • VFX (CG Modelers, Texture Artists, Compositors, Roto/Paint)
  • Art Department (Scenic Design, Sets & Props, Character Design, Story Design, Illustrators)
  • Animation
  • Editorial

Do you offer both winter and summer internships?

LAIKA hires interns year round, with the highest volume hired in the summer. Keep your eye on the website for internship postings.

How long are the internship positions posted for?

The timeline for filling our internships is completely dependent on the quality of applicants applying and the amount of competition for each position. Thus, intern positions are open until filled, unless a deadline for applying appears on the posting.

Do you accept international internship applications?

Unfortunately we do not offer international internship opportunities. We are at the beginning stages of developing our internship program and have not yet established the formal parameters that are necessary when providing academic credit to our participants or the structured training process that is required in legally obtaining a J-1 visa.

We encourage international candidates interested in employment opportunities at LAIKA to familiarize themselves with the qualifications required for the various visas (O-1, TN, H-1B, etc.) and to investigate whether or not you meet those legal requirements. For more information regarding work visas, please visit: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis.

If you’ve read all the FAQs and still have a question, please contact:

recruiting@laika.com

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Art of the Title

Ever seen a really good title sequence? There is actually a lot more to it than just placing text on top of a video. If you haven’t checked this website out, make sure you do:  http://www.artofthetitle.com/

It has all sorts of amazing work, making of videos and interviews, and tips on approaching a title sequence.

Here are two that I found really interesting:

http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/black-sails/

 

 

 

 

http://www.artofthetitle.com/title/iron-man-3/

 

 

 

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Transferring Large Files

As animators, we are accustomed to having to transfer extremely large files. Here’s a few sites that will make it a little easier for you:

1. Dropbox – Dropbox is a simple to use service that gives you 2 GB for free and you can easily earn more space by making recommendations, or linking it to mailbox or doing a few really small things. Great site, but sometimes it can be a little slow.

2. Wetransferhttp://www.wetransfer.com is super fast and super easy. You can send a file as large 2GB. There is no sign up or annoying emails. Its a simple user-friendly service. This is for temporary transferring though, so files are only good for a week.

3. Ubuntu Onehttps://one.ubuntu.com/

4. Box.com – free version gives you 5GB of space, but file size limit is 250 MB. https://www.box.com/pricing/

5. Apple iCloud – 5 GB of free space – https://www.icloud.com/

6. Amazon Cloud – 5GB of free space  – http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1000796931&ref_=cd_lm_rd_fp

7. Google Drive – 15 GB of free space – upload any type of file including videos and you can share them.

8. Mediafire – 10 GB and upto 50 GB for FREE  (the catch, there are ads, but seriously, not a big deal) – https://www.mediafire.com/upgrade/

If you can think of more sites or services, let us know.

5 Second Animations

Animations don’t need to be long. GreyscaleGorilla.com, a really cool blog and community of artists, has a competition every month called the Five Second Project. The challenge: create a 5 second animation that somehow related to the theme of the month.

Here are some of the winners and honorable mentions from the last few months. Some of these are just awesome.

5 seconds is pretty quick so give it a shot: http://greyscalegorilla.com/blog/five-second-projects/

They take 2D, stop motion, 3d, practically anything that includes some animation.

Theme: Bah Humbug

Theme: Pots ‘n Pans

Theme: Sandcastle

Theme: Monster Bash

Theme: Harder Better Faster Stronger

Stop Motion Inspiration: Her Morning Elegance

I was introduced to this a year ago and since then it just keeps popping up in my life every couple of months. It’s really good though, so check it out.

And a quick behind the scenes:

Student Work: Sarah Bushin

Make it Nasty is by far one of the funniest stop motion animations I have ever seen. Check it out!Made by AMP’s very own Sarah Bushin – check out her AMP Profile here.

 

 

 

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Faculty Work: Tiny Invention’s Something Left, Something Taken

MICA Animation faculty members, Max Porter and Ru, are the directors and animators of “Something Left, Something Taken.”

This short was a Vimeo Staff Pick and also a Vimeo Award Finalist for Animation.

I was also completely blown away by their amazing documentation of “the making of” for this animation. Check it out at: http://tinyinventions.com/blog/?p=317

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RYAN LARKIN – WALKING (1968)

by Ryan Larkin — 1968

An artist’s observation of the way people walk. Ryan Larkin employs a variety of techniques–line drawing, color wash, etc.–to catch and reproduce the motion of people afoot. The springing gait of youth, the mincing step of the high-heeled female, the doddering amble of the elderly–all are registered with humor and individuality, to the accompaniment of special sound.

Production : National Film Board of Canada (nfb.ca)

Surf the nfb.ca website, you can stream from a large archive of amazing films and animations, all produced by our lovely neighbors to the north.

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Stop Motion Inspiration: The Eagleman Stag

– The larger our past gets the smaller our present feels –
The 2011 BAFTA award winning short film from Mikey Please.
For full festival and awards info visit TheEaglemanStag.com
Follow twitter.com/#!/MisterPlease for updates

CREDITS:
A FILM BY: MikeyPlease.co.uk
MUSIC COMPOSITION: Benedict Please (TheBookshopBand.bandcamp.com/)
MUSIC PERFORMANCE: BenedictPlease.co.uk & myspace.com/StringbeansQuartet
SOUND DESIGN: Benedict Please
DUBBING MIXER: MauricioDOrey.com
PETER EAGLEMAN DavidCann.co.uk
PHILIP Tony Guilfoyle

set design & model making:
Mikey Please, AmerInCamera.co.uk, DanOjari.com, Gemma Taylor, Laura Bateman, SeanRobertHogan.com, Steve Hutton, John Wilkinson, Rebecca Fox, TD Van Der Beek, Jessie baker

PRODUCED at The Royal College of Art

How it was made: http://www.theeaglemanstag.com/HOW-IT-WAS-MADE

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Stop Motion Artist: Bruce Bickford

 

Bruce Bickford is a really cool stop motion artist. Check out his work “Prometheus Garden”.

 

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Laika’s Latest Project: Box Trolls

boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous pest exterminator who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kind-hearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and an adventurous rich girl to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.

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