Saturday, September 12, 2009

Stop Motion Animation - Mixing With Live Action

Animated film is a movie in like a small child around the world but not the little boy who likes animated films are also many adults who like animated movies because his movie was funny and meaningful. More than 100 years ago, a pioneer in stopmotion animation, (1892-1965), began making the first short film with stopmotion animation after experiments with documentaries on insects. One of the first film in 1912 the Company Khanzhonkov Moscow, produced "The Cameraman's Revenge" shows the beetle and the "infidels" of all things! Ladyslaw Starewicz

Originally Starewicz would use wire legs to attach to the insect's body. Then he would use quiet intricate ball & socket armatures (well before his time) combined with leather and covered with felt puppets in the gentle "dry" dead insects. He further extended characters to frogs and human like character in "A series of animated figures conducted by the Russian Art Society of Paris" in 1922. While these animations do not have a live-action mixed in which they set the stage for the movie Stop motion animation movies to come.

In 1925, Willis O'Brien (1886-1952) impressed the audience with the effects of work on the film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World.

A forerunner of this is some of O Brien's earlier stop motion animation works; especially "The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy" in 1915. . O Brien used clay animation characters in this film.

Soon after he began working on a similar film about people stranded on a desert island full of dinosaurs. This feature originally called "CREATION". Unfortunately, the studio executives lost interest and dropped the project at the beginning of production. But they did not hire O 'Brien and special effects skills at the beginning of a movie titled "THE EIGHTH WONDER." The film was released in April 1933 under the title "KING KONG" a true classic for film history. This is no doubt one of the first mainstream film that managed to enter the live-action and stop motion animation. "Son of Kong" followed in December 1933 to the same recognition.

Edward Nassour (1911-1962) animation supervisor for the 1951 movie "Lost Continent" followed on the now well-established genre of mixing stopmotion live action and animation with the theme of dinosaurs and monsters. Although the film is not as well received as previous such movies genre and still life. "The Beast from 20,000 fathoms"

In 1953 he was famous animator animated the enduring monster from "The Beast from 20,000 fathoms". This film can be described as one of the original landmark .. Harryhausen films with the theme of the atomic age monster movies. This gave birth to all the way from "certain Japanese monsters" created by the atomic experiments in the early days of the atomic bomb.

Ray Harryhausen.

1970 saw the release of a film based on the book by JG Ballard called "When Dinosaurs rule the earth". Master animator Jim Danforth created some memorable images in this film and also later with Ray Harryhausen in "The Clash of the Titans" in 1981. The tradition of mixing stop motion animation with live action continued in the 80's with the sci-fi thriller "Dreamscape" (1984). Big snake man creature continue to pursue the main character in a nightmare using the dolls, but also stop motion animation. Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) employs stop motion in one important scene to great effect.

But as the millennium came and went a genre mixing live action and stop motion animation in major film releases gave way to CGI. But there are still many examples of live action and stop motion animation used in short films, documentaries and advertisements like Sony Bravia Commercial with animated rabbit running around New York. Or a Sony PSP commercial which shows objects in the animation and live action, rather than character or puppet animation. What is important is that the media seems like now moves toward the object animation rather than a more time consuming character animation of what is now the last century.

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