I have decided to publish the occasional descriptive analysis of some stop motion animation projects I have worked on over the years. The type of work I do is not traditional in it’s approach but more in line with William Kentridge, being charcoal on paper. In more recent years I have become interested in creating figures and cutting them out to create a stronger sense of dynamic movement.
By using this rig I created below to have a moving background.
It’s not pretty! But it is made completely of recycled material (junk) and (lots of tape!). This rig has helped me create several scenes which would have been impossible to create without resorting to digital means, which was the challenge I had set myself. I wanted to use an absolute minimum of special effects for this project.
The figures were drawn from reference photos I took. They were drawn separately within equal sized parameters, cut out and replaced for each frame. I used a piece of foam core as a backing with a thumbtack to hold each separate frame in place. The whole thing was suspended in place using some fine fishing line which was attached to the wires at each end of the rig.
Here are the drawings before they were cut out.
Here is the sequence which combined the moving rig with the animated figures.
Next time I will explain the process I went through to create the colour in this project.
I will be happy to answer any questions about the process.