Introversion through Stop Animation


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The stop animation process provides an interesting contrast to standard live action video or live performance. While the results are approximately similar (moving objects and characters), the method with which they are achieved is markedly different. While both processes require planning, the amount and type of preparation required to produce stop animation is significant.

Stop animation demands a clear and marked methodical planning of every moment of time within that short sequence of motion. Every moment is carefully constructed to produce a result that is seemingly smooth and spontaneous. Every frame is carefully calculated to conform to larger context. Each frame plays an almost inconsequential, but important role in the overall result.

In comparison, the capture of live action video occurs more fluidly and arguably more spontaneously. After the planning and preparation are over, it depends on the abilities of the actor(s) to provide an appropriate performance during the interval of capture. This critical moment where everything is at stake can lead to the ultimate success or failure of the entire effort despite the proficiency of its other components.

The image shows my setup for the stop animation of the bear. The video shows a preliminary sketch animating the bear turning inside out.



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