This has to be one of the most exciting developments I've seen in the world of stop motion. You can now animate at 15fps and use AI to create automatic in-betweens like is done in traditional cel animation. The program called DAIN uses artificial intelligence to increase your frames up to 60 per second, giving ultra smooth motion to all your animation.
Now before you jump for joy, it will not create animation for you that looks better than your initial poses. So don't expect magic where you don't have to think about easing out an in, arcs, lines of motion, weight and a proper pose. However your animation will absolutely look smoother to the eye, and in some ways more immersive to the audience. At least in theory.
So what do you think? Do you feel 60fps takes the charm of stop motion away or adds another layer of realism? Or maybe you think it's best to have that surreal jittery look? Or maybe you feel this gives stop motion animators a new competative edge? Either way you can find this program over on the DAIN Patreon page by clicking here.
We recently got a press release from Adult Swim to kick off the 200th episode of Robot Chicken. This is a truly amazing feat for the world of stop motion and it seems that Robot Chicken will be around for years to come. Here's what they said:
"In addition to Friends, The Simpsons, The Big Bang Theory, South Park, and The Office among others, the Emmy and Annie award-winning stop-motion animated series created by Seth Green and Matthew Senreich, Robot Chicken, will enter the pantheon of scripted televised programming as it reaches its 200th episode this summer. Returning to Adult Swim on June 28, (Sunday going into Monday) 2020 to finish the second half of its tenth season, we invite you to celebrate with us as we approach the 200th episode.
From hilarious parodies of The Walking Dead and Star Wars to obscure original character shorts that tickle our tummies, over the past fifteen years Robot Chicken has become a beloved cult phenomenon that has captured the hearts of fans around the world."
Also we got some info about the back to back episodes slated for that night as follows:
"During "Max Caenen in: Why Would He Know If His Mother's A Size Queen,” the Lady of the Lake gives Percival some trouble when he goes to return Excalibur to her. The Robot Chicken crew shows what Dumbledore sees when he looks into the Mirror of Desire. Professor X reveals how the X-Men first discovered their powers. And Garfield gets buried in the pet cemetery.
Stay tuned for “Petless M in: Cars are Couches of the Road,” as The RC writers imagine Harry Potter as a 70’s sitcom. The future looks bleak for Nostradamus’s assistant. We answer the question of what’s underneath Abe Lincoln’s hat. And the Jonas brothers learn they are more than just brothers."
Netflix has been stop motion friendly in recent years, and is set to hatch a sequel to 2000's Chicken Run.
On Tuesday, the streaming service celebrated the beloved animated flick's 20-year anniversary by announcing a follow-up feature produced by Aardman Animations. “POULTRY NEWS: Exactly 20 years to the day since the original was released, we can confirm there will be a Chicken Run sequel coming to Netflix!!" read the tweet. "Produced by Aardman, production is expected to begin next year. Eggsellent.”
The sequel — directed by Sam Fell and written by Karey Kirkpatrick, John O’ Farrell and Rachel Tunnard — catches up with Rocky and Ginger living in a human-free sanctuary with their recent hatchling, Molly. Of course, when confronted a new, terrible threat, they leave their peaceful island sanctuary behind to help save all chicken-kind.
For the article from Aardman, click here.
SkyWigly Online Animation Magazine recently published a terrific interview with mixed-media artist and filmmaker Ali Aschman, a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art’s MA Animation program. Her new film brings together complex ideas of self, represented by multiple scaled puppets and the rooms they inhabit. The short film (Just over 4 minutes) combines 2D painted animation on the walls of the room with large scale puppets make for an impressive visual that portrays an intimate account of the filmmaker’s inner psyche.
To be sure, it’s not a light-hearted romp, but the story is compelling and its execution, terrific. Click here for a link to the interview, which also contains a link to the film.
It’s not easy for a movie-star to age - especially when you’re a stop motion animated skeleton monster. Phil, once a terrifying villain of the silver-screen, struggles to find work in modern Hollywood due to being an out-of-date special effect. Check out the behind the scenes video of this film by clicking here.
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