I am part of a generation that has been particularly spoiled by the advances in stop motion animation. I remember watching TV shows like Noddy, Fireman Sam, Pingu and Postman Pat and films like The Nightmare before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and Chicken Run as a kid and being in complete awe.
The advancements in stop motion technology over the space of 10 years make it hard to believe that what we are watching is not real life. Every movement seems to be flawless and fluid. It proves that when something becomes increasingly popular the benchmark for quality is pushed to meet the market. And the UK stop motion animation market is something we should be very proud of. Aardman are a perfect example, and as they join forces with Sony Pictures Animation, we can see them pushing the boundaries even further. I hope you all went to the cinema to support their most recent feature release The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. It was awesome, so check it out if you haven't already!
The range of videos I found online prove that many amateurs are turning their hand to stop motion animation, and doing a pretty good job at it too. My personal favourite is a video I found on Vimeo which combines stop motion animation with a great love of mine, cooking. There is something so clever and fascinating about this video.
Doesn’t it make you want to grab a camera?
Digital Blue Lego Stop Animation Video Camera