Stop Motion, Jan Svankmajer

Some of you are experimenting with stop motion animation. I showed you a Czech stop motion animator called Jan Svankmajer.

He is very well know among stop animators as having a very simple, rough style and approach to his animation, often combining stop motion techniques with live action filming.

A few examples of his work are below:

Darkness, Light, Darkness



Little Otik


Zero project


Source: Zero project

The blog needs to have more information and comment about the process of your work. It is useful to show us the stages that your work goes through. This could include the initial rough cut and then how you change it through the course of the edit.
Others have shown screen shots of this process and also talk about their approach to the project, camera used, editing software, how you found your subject. What you found difficult.
It is also good to have some comments from you about what you thought about your own piece. What worked out well for you? What wasn’t as good in your eyes and why.
We have also shown you a range of approaches in the lead up to you making your own piece, what influenced you, what did you think of the things that we showed you?
The piece itself focuses on nails and putting new nails on then decorating them. It should be 3mins long but is 3.37. The shots are fine, clear and in focus but the shot is pretty much all the same all the way through the piece. It would have been good, even if people didn’t want to show their faces to have a shot over the head of the woman doing the work that showed the client and her from a different position. It would also have been good to show the space that this was happening within to give the viewers more of an idea of where they were. Was it in a shop, was it in a private space?

You need to show more of your process and much more about how you made your decisions about filming. Why you choose the shots that you did, what worked well, what was difficult, what were the stages of the edit?

Exam Board 25th September

Dear all the final exam board was today. The external was really pleased with the overall quality of work. He looked at everyone’s final project.
The marks have all been agreed at the board and will be up on solar soon for you to see.

Thanks for your participation in the course Ken and I have enjoyed your company and your work the year has gone by too quickly.



It is really important that all of you update your blogs and embed your final project videos within your blog so that Ken, the external examiner and me can see your final projects and watch them.
Please place your films online by the end of the day on Friday 14th September at the latest.

Underwater Cameras

Micheala asked about cheaper underwater cameras than the Go Pro 2.

As some others within the group may want to film underwater I thought that these links may be useful.

Go Pro 2 : The new go pro 2 is around £262 from Amazon uk

You can still buy the original HD Go Pro for about £184 :

Another Camera that I have found that has good reviews is:

ContourROAM Waterproof HD Action Camera it is about £146 :

To Shoot at more than just a few feet underwater this camera needs a case which is about £32 : This brings the total to around £184

The other option is to buy a waterproof case for your own camera or mobile phone. These can be soft cases and work well up to a few meters underwater:Cost from £20 – £50