Q:Hey, I was wondering if you knew if there were any sort of movement calculations stop motion animators use in order to get the movements to look authentic and correctly timed. This is one of my favorite blogs btw :)
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I’m not sure exactly what you mean by calculations. Do you mean frame rates?
Most of the more fluid stop-motion films use 24 frames (photos) per second, which gives them the most amount of movement and life. This rate is used in films like Coraline and ParaNorman, I believe most of The Nightmare Before Christmas was as well.
Fantastic Mr. Fox uses 12 frames per second, which was more common in classic stop-motion because Wes Anderson (the director) actually wanted a jerkiness to the characters to pay homage to them.
I hope that was what you were asking? If not just ignore me.
The Boxtrolls (2014) | Behind the Scenes
via Animation Magazine:
- 1 week; the average amount of time for an animator to complete 3.7 seconds of footage
- 3.5 inches, the cuff-to-cuff measurement of baby Eggs’ sweater (created on an embroidery machine to produce irregular lines, like a hand-knitted garment). His little socks are only ⅝” long
- 4 scenes per week was the goal for each animator
- 14 different fabrics were used in Lord Portley-Rind’s white hat
- 24 kinds of weeds were created for backgrounds by the greens department
- 55 different sculpts of prop cheeses were made; different scale sizes were needed for wide, medium and close shots
The 7th image… oh man..how do they animate water so that the wave lights animate alongside the character animation?? Is that some 3D printed water right there that they switch out over and over??? A light projection thru glass? Dying to know how it works. Everything about how Laika makes movies is real actual magic
"The animators on the sewer scene used an old trick of a rotating plate of rippled glass above an up-light to create moving water and wavy background light" - Animation Magazine
Peter & the Wolf (2006) (x)- directed by Suzie Templeton for Se-ma-for and BreakThru Films. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Short (Animated) in 2008. This film follows the classic instrumentals of Peter & the Wolf while illustrating a unique take on the story through brilliant stop-motion animation. The short runs 32-minutes and can be purchased on Amazon and iTunes. For more animated oddities click here!