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3bearsWho doesn’t love innovation — especially when it occurs within the filmmaking community? The team at DBLG has added a new angle to stop motion filmmaking with their short animated film Bears on Stairs. Using 50 individual 3D printed sculptures of a polygonal bear, DBLG was able to create a 2-second endless clip of the bear walking up a flight of stairs — an interesting approach to stop motion animation! Continue on to check out the short, as well as a few behind the scenes images. More »

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Film v Digital“Which looks better: film or digital?” It’s one of those questions that can’t really be answered, because every filmmaker has different tastes and opinions, but Joey Shanks (you might know him from his awesome stop motion/in-camera effects tutorials) puts film and digital head to head to show the difference between what the two mediums look like in stop motion animation. He even challenges viewers to guess what the last clip was recorded with, and will reveal the answer come December 26th. It’s harder than you might think, but continue on to see for yourself! More »

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Michel GondryFilms have the ability to transport us into other worlds; sometimes those worlds bear a striking resemblance to the one we live in every day, and other times they dwell in the surreal. One of the greatest filmmakers to teeter his films along this line is Michel Gondry, director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep, and his latest project, a documentary featuring modern philosopher Noam Chomsky, walks that same line. Gondry takes us behind the scenes in a video by The Creators Project and details how he utilized stop motion techniques to animate his conversation with the “father of modern linguistics.” More »

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DitoGear MiniJibDitoGear has added yet another tool for timelapse cinematographers and stop motion filmmakers to utilize on their projects: the MiniJib. Compatible (obviously) with their other products, like the BD SliderOmniHead, and LensDrive, the MiniJib allows users to get more sophisticated crane shots either manually or using its motorized configurations. Granted, this tool is going to cost you, but if you’re looking to invest in something that might take your timelapse/stop motion work to the next level, DitoGear is offering a 15% preorder discount. Continue on for the details and to see the MiniJib in action. More »

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DitoGear BD SliderDitoGear, the company founded by filmmakers with a penchant for timelapse filmmaking, that also brought you products like the OmniHead and LensDrive, has announced the release of their slider that boasts quite a bit of advantages. The BD Slider offers portability, versatility, and precision, and all at a reasonable price. With a special discount if preordered by September 30th, this is definitely a slider you should take a look at. The BD Slider promo video and more details after the break. More »

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harryhausenEven if you don’t know the name Ray Harryhausen, you’ve almost definitely seen his work, or the work of someone who was directly influenced by him. Harryhausen (who passed away in May at the age of 92) was the undisputed master of stop-motion, creator of “Dynamation,” and the mind behind some of cinema’s classic moments in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Cinephilia and Beyond has a link to an hour-long documentary on the man’s life, narrated by Leonard Nimoy (and I will watch anything narrated by Leonard Nimoy). Click below to learn more about this stop-motion icon, who created fantastic worlds one painstaking frame at a time. More »

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iStopMotion logoEarlier this week, the folks at Boinx Software released the upgraded iStopMotion 3.1, an award-winning stop-motion animation software. This upgrade includes a feature that many users have been clamoring for: screen capture. This new feature allows users the ability to create stop-motion and time-lapse videos by capturing frames directly from your computer screen — essentially turning your computer/iPad/iPhone screen into a movie set. More »