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 […]