Monthly Archives: June 2012

Stop Motion in Film

Stop motion owes a lot to the pioneers such as Willis O’Brien. But there are many others who worked very hard on Stop motion in the early years. One such unsung hero is Phil Tippett. I came across an interview with him done by the discovery channel back in the 70’s. I have transcribed the Phil Tippet interview here for your studies. Phil Tippett here talking about the time required in Stop Motion: You can’t have any distractions, any noise. You can’t be talking to anybody. You have to really concentrate on all of various joints. If you were shooting 150 frame shot which is about 6 seconds long, that could take sometimes 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 hours depending upon how complicated the scene was. Narrator: Stop Motion animator, Phil Tippett, has brought some of Hollywood’s most unusual characters to life. For the Coneheads, he created Garthok, a six legged monster that Conehead Dan Aykroyd has little chance of defeating. Stop Motion animation is the technique of photographing miniature puppets in a series of still frames. When projected at the standard film speed of 24 frames per second, a phenomenon known as persistence of vision takes over, making the puppet appear to move fluidly. For the animator, it is an intensive process. The puppet’s body and limbs are moved in very small increments and then a single frame of film is exposed to record the image. With absolute concentration to ensure that all the joints are moving in the desired direction with the desired momentum, the animator repeats the process for each frame. That […]

Timmy Time – From Aardman

Stop Motion Software became my passion when I first set eyes on Wallace and Gromit and later Shaun the Sheep. Aardman have been inspirational both in their creative spirit and imagination in the art of stop motion animation. I came across a nice report from the National Trust charity in the UK recently. Here is a transcript of the article. ( All rights to the BBC & National Trust Charity-UK) Tim Muffett:      Very few companies are considered a national treasure. Many feel Aardman is precisely that, from Morph to Wallace and Gromit, from Peter Gabriel’s groundbreaking video for Sledgehammer to Shaun the Sheep. Aardman has made them all. Now, Aardman’s latest production is actually a spin-off series. So, just as the American comedy Frasier was a spin-off from Cheers, and Grange Hill was such a big hit, they made Tucker’s Luck, not such a good example of that one. So Shaun the Sheep has been such a big hit, it’s now time for Timmy Time. It is Aardman’s first show for preschoolers, children aged between 2 and 5. Speaker 2:           I wanted Timmy to be in a very bright, colourful stylized world because I think when you’re a preschooler and you go to nursery, it’s a really fun, exciting time, it’s the first time you leave home, and I wanted, as you just see, the sets to be fun and I wanted kids to want to jump into the TV and be there with Timmy.   Tim Muffett:      Like all Aardman productions, Timmy Time uses stop motion animation, you move the character take a picture, move the character take another picture. Just as animator Garrett is doing for our camera now.   Garrett:  Move the ears down this time perhaps.   Tim Muffett: […]