Stop-motion animator Barry Purves was a guest speaker at the Bradford Animation Festival, UK in November 2011. In this video clip he talks about story structure with illustrations from his latest animation project entitled Plume. Barry has won over sixty major international awards, including Grand Prix, Best Director, Best Film, and OSCAR and BAFTA nominations.… Read More »
When a notorious super-villain escapes from his subterranean prison, the enigmatic robot warden summons his most powerful henchman to deliver justice. This is a personal project by professional animator Ethan Marak and was four years in the making. More info about the film’s production at angrypuppet.blogspot.com
This action packed Lego stop motion animation by David Boddy demonstrates what is possible with simple puppets. It is has good smoke and explosion effects. It was made using the free Helium Frog stop-motion software.
A dancer shows how to shake your booty in this 15 second animation exercise. The puppet is flexible foam covered with nylon stockings. The head is Super Sculpey. Tie downs were used to hold the feet in place. There are threaded holes in her feet and holes in the wood that she’s standing on. A… Read More »
Stop Motion Pro is a software tool for making Plasticine/clay or puppet animation films. It requires a video camera, webcam or digital still camera and is compatible with Win XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Mac systems. This video shows some of the functions of Stop Motion Pro.
At its simplest, the Armature FX plug-in armature kit can be made within 5 minutes ready to start animating. Use the super magnets supplied to magnetise your puppet to a thin metal (5mm max) or plywood (3mm max) set top.
This very smooth puppet animation tells the story without words. This is the final cut of Tyson James Dale’s thesis film. Tyson James Dale is from San Francisco, Ca, USA. A business inspector is sent to inspect an old theatre. When he arrives on location, there’s no theatre, only an empty lot with a charismatic… Read More »
This stunning film is the 2011 BAFTA award winner in the short animation category. Michael Please is a recent animation graduate from the Royal College of Art in London. The sets and some of the puppets appear to be created from white card. The video below shows some animation in progress. Visit the Michael Please… Read More »
Jean-François Lévesque uses a mixture of puppet and hand-drawn animation to tell the story of Valentin and his quest to find meaning in his life. He is stuck in a dead-end job and has forgotten all about the things that used to bring him joy. As the years pass boredom replaces all his aspirations and… Read More »
Sets, puppets, animation, photography and editing by Nick Hilligoss in Melbourne, Australia. This is a version of the Adam and Eve story as told by a traveling Fool who takes his puppet stage to a desert planet. The animator said, “Reflecting on what it is to be a stop-motion animator today led me to the… Read More »