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If you follow my twitter then you know that last week I was up SUPER late two nights in a row (super early really, like 4am) helping out at my church, PC3. I initially headed over to see if I could help Evan, the e-media director, out with the stop motion project. I ended up being at the church for about 12 hours straight cutting out hundreds... heck, probably thousands of magazine and newspaper clippings. Brent & Amanda joined in the fun that evening by dropping by to see what was up and they ended up being a HUGE help. Amanda started cutting and Brent joined Evan and JR to help animate.
Below are some photos that I grabbed along the way with my iPhone...
I know what you are thinking, cutting out thousand of tiny photos and words from newspapers and magazines does not sound like much fun... but before you go any further with that though... let me reassure you, it is TONS of fun! Being around other artists is inspiring in itself but being a part of a project like this was a blast. I knew stop motion took a lot of time and thought but I had no clue how much and now I have a far greater appreciation for it, I am in awe of it actually... it's just soooo freakin' cool!
One thing is for sure I will never pick up a magazine or newspaper and look at it quite the same again, I see possibilities and motion in everything now which is so neat! Who in the world would have thought that all those crazy photos, colors, textures and shapes could build a city? CRAZY, huh?!!
On day 2, I headed back to church to help until 4am and joined another group working diligently on the project... this time I animated some of the scenes which was a blast! Each time we would animate a full scene, everyone would gather around to watch. Rachel even came by to help cut since she was in town for a wedding this past weekend.
&fullscreeFor those who don't understand what stop motion is or how this works... think of it like this. Each frame you see below is a photograph moving at 12 frames per second, you take a frame, move the paper, take another frame, move the paper... you get the point! It probably takes about 5 minutes per frame just to move each piece and take the next shot. With 12 frames making one second, it would take you 1 hour to animate one second of video. We animated 40 seconds of video. The 5 minutes per frame does not even include, setting up the camera and angles, cutting everything out, setting up each scene and aligning it, and the probably hundred or so frames which were deleted and retaken because something was not quite right. A project like this can take months, we did it in 3 days!
Why you ask? After worship to transition into the message they play what is called a "bump" on the screen to bump us into the next part of the service. To see more bumps from past series, click here.
Enough of my chatter... check it out for yourself!