If you aspire to make films like Aardman, A Grand Night In is a new documentary worth your time. It shows Aardmans humble beginnings in a small one room studio all the way to their big future film project that is currently in the works called Early Man. It is a story like no other from the mouths of the voice actors, animators and the producers of the award winning company that has made a major mark in the world of stop motion. The only bad thing about this documentary is it seems to be limited to the audience in the US right now. Hopefully they will branch off into other parts of the world, but I imagine it will find its way into other markets. You can read more about the film on the Netflix USA web site by clicking here.
Cheetos might be best known for their cheezyness and now they are even more cheezy! They released their new short promo called The Delivery - Cheetos Halloween Short Film. And yes, there are animated Cheetos skeletons as part of their film. The museum is asking fans to submit monster shaped Cheeto images to their site as part of a contest. The winner could get 50,000.00 which is nothing to sneeze at. I imagine that could be enough money to make your own stop motion film or at least get nicely set up with studio and lighting equipment. But that's another story all together..... Visit the online museum here and watch the film above which was animated by Webster Colcord, Richard Kent Burton and Justin Kohn. The studio responsible for this amazing short piece is Athena Studios which you can visit here.
Tales of Isolation is a YouTube channel with a variety of clay animated short films. Most contain dark humor and original ideas that make fun of current events, celebrities and movies in sometimes disturbing ways.
Henry Selick is no stranger to stop motion animation. Most know him from Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline which came out in 2009. Seven years have passed and unfortunately he hasn't had a new film get past the development stage. Recently however Victoria Rose helped Henry to construct some very advanced stop motion puppets for a project which unfortunately was dropped. What was it called? It's hard to know, but it may be A Tale Dark and Grimm. Or it could be from an earlier un-named project. Perhaps in time someone will fill us in with the details, but that's all I know right now. You can see the amazing puppets on Victorias Instagram by clicking here.
The thing to note here is Henry pioneered and advanced stop motion with almost every film he's made. 3-D printed faces in the above link show the expertise put into them and how they are infused with so much life, even without animation. The good news is that Travis Knight of Laika is quoted as saying his relations with Henry are positive and that a future collaboration is likely. So hopefully there will be more to come from Henry for all his fans.
Phip Tippett is auctioning off many of his coveted stop motion puppet diagrams, castings, notes and more from some of the worlds most famous animated scenes in movie history! Check out a gallery of images from the auction and if you're interested you may want to make a bid. Just click here to go there and see some items never before seen from stop motion history.
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