Anyone who knows me, knows my pet peeves when it comes to stop motion animation. Stop motion doesn’t have to look herky jerky, old-timey, jittery. It doesn’t need fake gate weave, frame jitter, scratches, dust, vignetting, and stutter.
Case in point, this beautiful animated short for Pilsner Urquell by Second Home Studios. The clip while obviously stop motion, has a fluid frame rate, camera movements, and flow. They didn’t junk it up with a bunch of superfluous post effects that detract from the extremely well produced visuals and the storyline.
Update: I added the behind the scenes making of video to this post.
Directed by: Chris Randall
Produced by: Chris Randall and Jim Turner
Original design/sculpture created by: Su Blackwell
Lead Modeller: Sarra Hornby
Modelmakers: Ian Whittle, Karen Richards,
Paul Doran, Natalie Bancroft, Adam Watts,
Tristan Pritchard, Jon Reynolds.
Lead Animators: Ian Whittle, Jud Walton.
Animation: Natalie Bancroft, Adam Watts,
Tristan Pritchard, Sarra Hornby, Jon Reynolds,
Motion Control Operator: Matt Cusworth
Studio Lighting/Rigging: Luke Unsworth
Post-Production: Adam Fenwick, Craig Reeves
Sound Design: Jim Turner
Voice Artist: Richard Armitage
CGI Pre-Visualisation: Character Shop
Assistant Animators/Modellers: Lauren Newman,
Lianne Allen, Scott Willets.
Runner: Liam Smyth