STOP-FRAME ANIMATION AND STUFF

I've not been into Flash for a very long time. I used to just make frame by frame animation and before that I did stop frame animation with Modeling Clay, and anything else that happened to be lying around. I still mess around with stop-frame every now and again, but it's so much more time consuming than any other type of filmmaking.

 

A return to the stop-motion here with Crooked (Orcus) Rot. This started off as an experiment to see if stop-frame would be any better using an SLR camera. The result would certainly suggest so visually, but it was a hell of a lot harder. This project really began when I discovered a treasure cave of strange items in my own back yard including mannequin heads and rubber hands. It inspired me so much that every time I returned I gathered more inspiration. Originally I focused on capturing light which is why the SLR was so important, but eventually it almost became a sequel to Hell with all the blood flying about . Composer Marcus Fjellström who donated some of his music for Men From Up The Stairs became interested in the project when I posted a few screen shots on Newgrounds and went on to compose the entire musical score. This is interesting because it's the first time that I have made a video first and then sent it to someone else to do the music.
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Back in 2005 I tried to make a stop-frame short with a narrative and voices but I grew bored after shooting about 80% of it, and so I left it to get mouldy. Re-looking at it recently, I was still quite unhappy, so I jumbled it up with some other stop-frame bits I'd similarly discarded, mangled up the voices and re-soundtracked it. The original was called "I'd Like To Be..." and was about a man bored with himself, so he decided to drive out into the middle of nowhere, dig a hole and bury himself. The music is by Loom I'd Like To Be
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MY BROKEN CAMCORDER REBUILT ITSELF
My trusty old Panasonic camcorder stopped working about 6 months after the warranty expired. I managed to get the exact same model from ebay to replace it though. I was planning to smash the old one up but instead I made this.
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TOADSTOOL WIRES
Something I made for uni. The project set was a 15 second experimental animation using music that you've made from anything but musical intruments.....it was a great project I thought. I based mine around wires and electrical stuff........the obvious choice as my room is a big wirey mess. I used Stop Motion Pro and some crappy editor that kept crashing. The music synched better to the imagery before it was compressed. I got a good mark!
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HOLLOWHEAD :: AFX - MELODIES FROM MARS TRACK 9
Made this last year. It's about a guy with a Hollow Head. The sound is a bit out of sync.
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E.C.T :: DDR :: BY DAVID FIRTH AND JIMI MWNG

Jimi Mwng and myself made our collaborative claymation debut with this music video for our good friend E.C.T (Ed C. Tillbrook) - maker of fantastic electronic music. It was something that we just kept adding too for a long time while were at art college together. We'd get tuflered up and animate for about 7 hours while listening to every album in the universe and at the end of the day we'd have around 20 seconds of new footage. Eventually I just stuck it together with the track. Ed has a record out which you should buy. More of his music can be found here

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4 :: APHEX TWIN
This isn't claymation at all! It was basically an experiment with time lapse photography and editing. I filmed most of it with Jimi Mwng at the Lake in Doncaster (Lakeside) and then some on the Town Fields last Summer. The quality of this video is quite low so quite a bit of the insane flashing imagery is lost with the frame dropping but you should be able to get the gist of it. The song is "4" by Aphex Twin.
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HELL :: BY DAVID FIRTH, JIMI MWNG AND CRUST

Oh dear....our first attempt at being disturbing! I think we pulled it off to a certain extent. We wanted to make the most evil animation we possibly could so we made an animated vision of hell. We set it to some dark ambient music by Nurse With Wound and made horrific sounds by recording screaming and moaning and then altering it to sound inhuman and downright scary. The result was this. Creshton Crayfields (Crust) was excited by our work so he hopped on board and helped us finish it.

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APHEX TWIN :: GIRL/BOY SONG

This got me into university! It's half animated and half real footage. I took my camcorder to the lake one night with Jimi and Ant for a blaze and shot some crazy footage which I speeded up loads. Then I combined it with some animated footage I'd done about a suicidal clay model bloke thing, got Jimi to animate one of his clay models (the thing with the crazy fingers) and made some drummer bits. Eventually I threw it together with Girl/Boy song, an insanely fast Aphex song and here it is! One of my most proud moments in the field of editing. It's an explosion of colour and wide angle madness. May hurt your eyes.

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