Friday, March 02, 2007

Submissions for March, 2007 - Topic: Stop Motion

The Most Interesting Video of the Month goes to Colin McDonald for his video "Amsterdam". In addition, a special award for Most Fun Video goes to MomOffDuty for her video "Greetings". Although it was close between MomOffDuty and Sir Klumpy for this honor!


Director: Ed

Dance Fever! Starring everyone's favorite politicos, with music by The Smithereens.

Dance Fever! on Vimeo

Director: MomOffDuty

I am a new Premiere Elements 3.0 user and this is my first stop motion project. It took about 2 hours to capture with live feed, but alot of time in prep work. Hopefully, it will give you something to think about.

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Director: Colin McDonald

This video is based on my grandpa's motto: "It ain't what 'chya got to put on, it's what you got to put in it that counts." The piece is meant to comment on the nature of humans to place conclusions and assumptions on someone based on what they are wearing. For this piece, I gathered up a majority of my wardrobe (15 shirts, 3 shoes, 3 hats, and 4 pairs of pants) and proceeded to make every possible combination of these pieces of clothing and putting them on (about 720 combinations). I did this to show that to people who do not know me, people who see me walking down the street of driving in my car, see my clothes and what I'm wearing as a big factor in determining the "type" of person I am. I don't think there is a way to stop this from happening, and I don't think it is necessarily bad all the time, but it definitely needs to be realized. The reason I don't think it is bad all the time is because many people wear certain clothing in order to express themselves and use their wardrobe to tell something about themselves on purpose.

Myself According to Everyone Else

Director: Colin McDonald

This is a hand animated short film about the moon’s journey to the
sky on one particular night. Materially, I used cut paper with a
limited color palette for the sets and characters. I used the
program Frame-thief in conjunction with a digital video camera for
capturing the stills onto my computer and edited the frames
together with Final Cut to make the end product.
I have always been interested in the way animation can give life and
personality to utterly anything. Conceptually I wanted to bridge
the gap between the second and fourth dimensions, while
excluding the third. I was inspired by the incredible city of
Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the ever-present moon in the
night sky.

"Amsterdam" is meant to be a fun piece which examines the way
we see our physical world. The piece also deals with surrealist
ideas and is very dream-like in fasion.
Thank you Jeff Brush for helping me out.


Director: Sir Klumpy

Our Outback Action star is a wee bit thirsty after day in the bush.

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The Little Tree

Director: Bill Shackelford

I noticed transitions.

This video was created from 8mm home movies shot by my Grandfather in 50s and 60s. I removed most of the film leaving only the footage with artifacts near my Grandfather's cuts.

[monthlyDV Note: although not a traditional Stop Motion, this video has transitional effects that simulate the effect]

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Home Movies
"Home Movies" - watch the video

Director: Bill Shackelford

Just make it go away.

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Money at the Situation
"Money at the Situation" - watch the video

Director: Ed

This is a video for a Vimeo project called Vimeo for Kids. The idea is to make kid friendly videos ala Sesame Street. Sign up for Vimeo and make one!

Animal Crackers Wild Kingdom on Vimeo

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Theme for March 2007: Stop Motion
illusion of motion, moving photographs, timelapse

For this month's theme create a stop motion video with a digital camera, camcorder, or animations. For digital cameras we use JPGVideo (Free!) to create a video file of the animated photos, then import that file into video editing software.

Follow the submission guidelines located in the right navigation area (
click the "Home" link if you don't see the submission guidelines), and submit a link to your video by midnight on March 28th. Also, please provide a short description or comment about your video, and a director's name (or alias).

Don't forget, the video deemed most interesting by our judges will receive a monthlyDV winner's t-shirt!

If you have any questions, leave a comment or send an email to monthlyDV Email.