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29 May 2012

CREATE - A stop motion short by Dan MacKenzie

This video caught my eye, and I think all the mad scientists at ISOCS will enjoy it, too.

CREATE - A stop motion short by Dan MacKenzie from Dan MacKenzie on Vimeo.
My senior film while attending SCAD. Created over the course of 6 months, shot all in my dorm room.
A young mad scientist sets out to create a pet monster within parallel worlds of an imaginary laboratory and the reality of the boy's bedroom.
Winner - Best Student Animation - Savannah Film Festival
Official Selection - Fantastic Fest
Official Selection - Newport Beach Film Festival
Rejected - Student Academy Awards
After a year since completion, I'm happy to finally put this bad boy online. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for watching.
Dan MacKenzie  www.Mackmation.com 

 If you read down through the comments on the video's page, you'll find very nice messages:
"... this video was so kind hearted. You basically did a video on every boy that ever lived. There is so much love in this. Especially at the end. I would wish this kid was real, but you know what? He is, there are millions just like him..."
"...Love the claymation and the storyline. Made me laugh out loud too! ..."
"...Really like the contrast between his imagination and the "real" world!..."
"...Excellent and enviable skill of keeping the cutting rhythm so nice throughout and the rest of it was very very well done..."

 Note that this 2min 9 second film took six months to make.  Read this excerpt from the Wallace and Gromit Wikipedia page about making stop-motion films:

"...After detailed storyboarding, set and plasticine model construction, the movie's shot oneframe at a time, moving the models of the characters slightly to give the impression of movement in the final film. In common with other animation techniques, the stop motion animation in Wallace and Gromit may duplicate frames if there is little motion, and in action scenes sometimes multiple exposures per frame are used to produce a faux motion blur. Because a second of film constitutes 24 separate frames, even a short half-hour film like A Close Shave takes a great deal of time to animate well. General quotes on the speed of animation of a Wallace and Gromit film put the filming rate at typically around 30 frames per day — i.e. just over one second of film photographed for each day of production. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit  note; this film is 85 min long]is an example for how long this technique takes to produce quality animation; it took 15 months to make." (Read the whole article at Wikipedia
The DVD package says that the film took 5 year from initial planning to end of production.

Have you ever thought of making a claymation video?  Have you written your script? done the story-board yet?
You might use this web site to guide you.