Two Very Painful Videos

August 31, 2008 at 10:00 am 3 comments

Upon entering film school, a lot of us here at Googly Eyes became very jaded.
“What?”, we cried, “Movies aren’t filmed in chronological order?”
“Exchanges between actors are, in fact, different action and re-action shots??”
“Stop-motion is literally people starting, and stopping, every motion? What the fuck is wrong with you guys?!”

And so, after the revelation of such smoke and mirrors, it has only forced the four of us to truly appreciate videos that have, indeed, taken a lot of time and effort.

Like all films, stop-motion (long hailed for being an inexpensive and very controllable medium), is constrained by the Good Cheap Fast triangle. IE: It’s good, and cheap, but it won’t be fast. (Just like most Hollywood films are fast and cheap, but not very good).

The first one here, Tony vs Paul, took 2 months to film and edit. It is 5 minutes long.

This next one, Architecture in Helsinki’s “Like It Or Not”…well…I don’t really want to know how long it could have taken. All I know is that when I watch it, my fingers ache with the thought of stitching and re-stitching every frame.
Bravo, you sick fucks over at Mathematics. That’s an epic task for a 3 minute song.

But, I digress. These videos are important because really, anyone can do them. Stop motion is a medium that requires little or no money. All you need is a clear vision and a lot of patience and discipline. Not having a social life and ability to go for long periods of time without sleep is also a huge plus. Following the triangle, it’s cheap and good, but not very fast.

So what are you waiting for, kids?! Let’s go make some sweet and painstakingly tedious 30 second films!


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Mathieu Kassovitz Before I Die

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Betty  |  August 31, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    That AiH video is really cute, and the song to match! My guess is that they used embroidered patches for the movable pieces rather than stitching them directly onto the background, because I think otherwise it’d be insane!

    The Tony Vs. Paul one is great too. I love the way they interact with objects in their environment. Holding all those poses takes some serious physical tenacity!

  • 2. parkrangerolivia  |  August 31, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    I seriously hope so..but it looks like they stitched appliqués in there!

    And yeah, floating in stop motion seriously kills your knees.

  • 3. seph  |  September 12, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    When I was a kid, after someone tried to tell me about how film works, I thought ALL cinema was filmed in stop-motion. I used to wonder about how they’d film stuff like objects falling and hitting the ground.

    Good times.


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