Rio de Janeiro motion studio Beeld follow up their dramatic, two-minute 2011 film for Brazil’s Telecine Network called “Go to the Cinema” with these two :15 promos featuring a much lighter tone plus a bevy of idiot-syncratic characters in both 2D and stop motion. [Read more]
Luis Torres and the Mexico City-based La Flama crew throw random quantities of stop motion and 3D into the mix for Crime Stoppers Canada thru DDB Canada in a fun and frenzied attempt to reassure young adults their identities will not be revealed when they submit tips to the police. [Read more]
UK artist/filmmaker Richard Swarbrick puts his money where the band’s mouth is in this MV for Leeds’ garage rockers China Rats, combining stop motion legal tender and his fluid illustrative touch into a visceral and frenetic piece chock full of beautiful frames. [Read more]
Take a peek at Laika’s very promising follow-up to “ParaNorman,” a CG/stop-motion hybrid effort called “The Boxtrolls” based on Alan Snow’s fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters and directed by Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable.
Here’s the official story synopsis: “The Boxtrolls is a comedic fable that unfolds in Cheesebridge, a posh Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth, class and the stinkiest of fine cheeses. Beneath its charming cobblestone streets dwell the Boxtrolls, foul monsters who crawl out of the sewers at night and steal what the townspeople hold most dear: their children and their cheeses. At least that’s the legend residents have always believed. In truth, the Boxtrolls are an underground cavern-dwelling community of quirky and lovable oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes the way turtles wear their shells. The Boxtrolls have raised an orphaned human boy since infancy as one of their dumpster-diving and mechanical junk-collecting own. When the Boxtrolls are targeted by a villainous pest exterminator who is bent on eradicating them as his ticket to Cheesebridge society, the kind-hearted band of tinkerers must turn to their adopted charge and an adventurous rich girl to bridge two worlds amidst the winds of change – and cheese.” [Read more]
Hornet director Mikey Please (creator of the BAFTA Award winner “The Eagleman Stag”) just released this intriguing trailer for a new six-minute stop motion short called “Marilyn Myller” which premiered June 26th at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
A year in the making, the film features Mikey’s signature hand-carved tiny foam objects and puppets, lots of in-camera, long-exposure light trickery and “a pair of tiny dolphins smooching”. Produced by Hornet Films and Blink Industries.
Very cool BTS time-lapse clip as well…
Norman McLaren ranks as a god in the pantheon of animation for good reason: between 1941 and 1983 with funding from the National Film Board of Canada he created popular short films as renowned for their humor and insight into human nature as for their radical experimentation.
Recognized at Cannes with a Palm D’or and in London with BAFTA’s, McLaren also took home the Oscar® for his 1952 stop motion masterwork “Neighbours.”
Now, thanks to the NFB’s new McLaren’s Workshop iPAD app, you can make and share your own McLaren-esque films and discover more about the genius of this pioneering Canadian – including the opportunity to watch 51 McLaren films and 11 documentaries about his animation techniques.
Here’s our favorite film made with the app so far: