Who needs a whiteboard – use your own skin! Check out this body sketching video titled How We Met

Talk about using what you have on hand… uhh – even using your own hand for a canvas. Really clever; just wish the quality of the upload was better. Still, should generate some ideas for you to use in one of your own stop motion animations. Hasn’t been hugely popular in terms of views; almost 10,000 in the past three years. But that’s still pretty good compared to the majority of videos that go nowhere. If you know of any other “skin-art” animations let me know and I may post them here.

Using a Whiteboard for Stop Motion Animation

Some nice aspects to this stop motion video: simple props and good rhythmic music choice keep this animation moving along at a good clip. Almost 300,000 views since July 29, 2007.

How PEN Giant was made

Shot in Budapest, 355 billboards were produced and actually shot with the advertised product itself — the Olympus PEN camera. This behind-the-scenes shows how the project developed and documents the stop motion technique.

Second Olympus PEN Stop Motion Video – the PEN GIANT

According to Olympus, 355 pictures were taken, printed in billboard size and shot again.
The video was produced entirely the Olympus PEN camera. “No tricks or computer animation at all.”
Gives a budding SMV creator hope, huh? I mean, with a simple camera and unlimited budget you too can create a stunning SM video. 737,000 views since May 16, 2010.

Incredible! 60,000 pictures; 9,600 Prints to create the PEN story (Olympus PEN camera)

Great concept – you can learn a lot from viewing the techniques used in this video. I didn’t even realize it was an ad until the end – great example of subtle viral marketing. More than 3,000,000 views since July 2009.

I’ve posted a couple of related videos as well – one is PEN Giant, a second stop motion video created using the Olympus PEN camera, released May 16, 2010; and then the Making of PEN Giant – giving you a behind the scenes look at how the project came together.

But first, enjoy the PEN story!

Google Japan Cutely Demos Their Street View Process

Have any kids building blocks laying around? See how Google Japan cleverly used common toys to demonstrate their Google Street View process in a cuddly-cute way. All professionally lit and edited of course. But it should give you a few ideas on wht you could use from your kid’s toybox for your own stop motion animation.

“Dot” – World’s Smallest Stop Motion Video Animation – Filmed using a Nokia N8 Cell Phone with a Cellscope Attached! !

Cellscope incented by Professor Daniel Fletcher


The Cellscope is portable microscope that can be attached to a cell phone. Invented by U.C. Berkeley Professor of Bioengineering, Daniel Fletcher, the Cellscope turns camera-enabled cell phones and netbooks into handheld 5-50X microscopes capable of diagnosing and monitoring myriad diseases, including malaria and tuberculosis. The images can be transmitted from the field to a clinic for expert diagnosis at a distance. Fletcher recently won a $100,000 prize in Intel’s INSPIRE EMPOWER Challenge.

Nokia made a brilliant marketing move by hiring Aardman (creators of the animated film hits Wallace and Grommit, and Chicken Run) to make Dot using Nokia’s N8 mobile phone with the Cellscope attached. The N8 includes a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss Optics. The film has gone viralwith more than 1,300,000 YouTube views since it was released on August 31, 2010.

Take a look at the film Dot, below, and then check out the one following – a “behind the scenes” look showing details of how Dot was made.

A behind the scenes look at how Dot was made:

Lego Stop Motion Animation – Scene from Grease

Lego’s are an old favorite for stop motion animation – everyone’s familiar with them and they always seem to have a built-in “cute” factor that appeals to a wide audience. Demondoggz created his Lego take on a scene from Grease for his student thesis:

T-Shirt Wars

Posted on YouTube only 8 months ago, T-Shirt Wars has almost 5,000,000 views. Very funny and creative! Great example of stop motion Video by Rhett and Link, a comedy team based in North Carolina. According to their bio on their website, they have been featured on CNN, BBC, NPR, TV Guide, E! News, TMZ, The Jay Leno Show, Lopez Tonight, Last Call with Carson Daly, and Ellen. You’ll see why after you watch the video.

Tony vs Paul

Created by Paul Cummings, a filmmaker based in Boston and Los Angeles, Tony vs Paul has been viewed close to 6,000,000 times since it was released on YouTube in November of 2006. The film was nominated for a Webby Award, and won the top prize in iFilm’s “Show Us Your Junk” competition. You can see more of Paul’s work on his website or check out his facebook page.

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