How stop motion animation began

How stop motion animation began


This beetle is going into the city to see
his lover. She’s a dancer. But this 1912 film is not just a staggeringly
weird tale of insect infidelity. It’s the true kickoff to a stop motion tradition
that has given us a ton of wildly different movies. But this invention didn’t come from Hollywood. It was made by an obsessive insect collector
in Lithuania who wanted to see insects dance. Stop motion is this combination of simplicity
and very, very tedious work. “Ah f..” An animator arranges objects in poses and
takes a picture. You move the object slightly and take another
picture. Played successively, it looks like motion.” You can tweak the process in a lot of ways
– adding more frames – and more precise movements, will make for a smoother animation. The potential of this illusion of movement
was obvious really quickly, like in 1908’s The Sculptor’s Nightmare, where busts briefly
moved or A Dream of Toyland, likely from the same year, which made toys come alive. But it took a European collector to elevate
it to an artform that changed the movies. Wladyslaw Starewicz was born in Moscow and
bounced around the pre-revolution Russian Empire, ending up in Kaunas – a city in modern
day Lithuania, then called Kovno. Some sources say Starewicz was a Natural History
museum director there (others say he just had a huge insect collection). Either way, he had a problem. As he revealed later, he was commissioned
to make educational films “to show the life of the stag beetles.” He “waited days and days to shoot a battle
between two beetles, but they would not fight with the lights shining on them.” So he started experimenting with making stationary
insects look like they were moving. He started with that stag beetle, which he
called by its scientific name: Lucanus Cervus. The goal was to show its fighting behavior,
but his next insect movie leapt to fiction to tell the tale of Helen of Troy. In 1912, The Cameraman’s Revenge — that
insect infidelity movie — became his most influential early work. See how this artist is actually painting another
beetle? Or how this grasshopper, filming Mr. Beetle’s
affair with a dragonfly, look how his tripod has individual legs. These miniscule touches were everywhere. He said he did it by installing wheels and
strings in each insect, and occasionally replacing their legs with plastic or metal ones. He used black threads to help move them. And it worked. After the Russian Revolution, Starewicz fled
to Paris. He continued making films. By the time he made Frogland, he’d changed
his name from Wladislaw to Ladislas to make it easier to pronounce in French. He continued to make incredibly influential
art — with stop motion — because “actors always want to have their own way.” He had a host of popular films and stop motion
quickly influenced popular art and special effects. Starevich’s stop motion inspired the work
that was done in King Kong. Terry Gilliam — the director and animator
behind the surreal Monty Python stop-motion animations — said Starevich’s The Mascot
was one of the best animated films of all time. And Starevich’s masterpiece, Le Roman de
Renard clearly inspired Wes Anderson’s “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” This combination of wild invention and obsessive
detail created a new art form. At the end of The Cameraman’s Revenge, the
grasshopper screens the movie he filmed through a keyhole, the one of Mr. Beetle cheating
on his wife. She hits him with an umbrella. The movies changed forever. The beetles spent the night in jail. That’s it for this one in this series about
big changes to movies that came from outside Hollywood. Stop motion’s a really global form, so I
want to know some of your favorite examples in the comments. I also want to leave you with a testimony
to Starevich’s work, which is that in some of the early reviews, people were very very
impressed with how well he had “trained” his beetles to move around, and I honestly
don’t know if they were joking.

Ant-Man Stop Motion: The Black Ant Director’s Cut

Ant-Man Stop Motion: The Black Ant Director’s Cut


Hey, Rob, didn’t you scan out the new tech in 3B? [ON THE EARPIECE] Nah, I never got to… These boys are scooting out an apartment building of a deadman… …which is probably why they’re sending off these pieces from Pym’s old design warehouses that Darren Cross guy used to have… The junkie must’ve worked there. Well, hurry up, do your job, and take over my shift. It’s getting cold down here, and I don’t like the smell of this place. Seems like the rest of the night’ll be quiet, though. [ON THE EARPIECE] Quit your whining, Perry, you’re only guarding a darn suit. How hard could it get? ‘A suit made by the good guys’… …yeah, sounds like the best way to get a lawsuit ’cause of stealing from a billion dollar company. [ON THE EARPIECE] That’s fantastic. As if Captain America isn’t already busy enough taking out our other men at that New York location we got. Besides, what’re the chances that another Avenger’s gonna turn up in San Francisco? We’re a secret…no one’s gonna find us here. Captain America? Wait, for real? [FOOTSTEPS] Rob, hang on a second, will ya? Hey, what do you think you’re doing here, huh? [GUNSHOT] [BODY FALLS] [WEAPON UNSHEATHES] [BLAST SOUNDS] [ON THE EARPIECE] Hey, Perry, you there? Hey! Requesting a unit to storage 3B by the loading station… Right. Now. [SCI-FI DOOR CLOSES] [SHRINKING] [BATROC GROANS] [BATROC GRUNTS] [PROJECT422 FILMS INTRO] [SPIDERKNIGHT413 INTRO] [ARKHAMANIMATIONS INTRO] [MUSIC BY FYROSAND MUSIC COMPOSER] [VOICEOVER] Mommy? Is daddy a bad man? No. Daddy just gets confused sometimes, you know? Alright, Hank, I’m gonna need the location of where the tech is being held. [ON THE EARPIECE] HYDRA Labs, Scott. Be careful. I’m only worried about being stepped on because of the way HYDRA men march. Other than that, I’m good. Hank, there’s someone here! [ON THE EARPIECE] That’s impossible. Well, he’s there, wearing purple and yellow spandex… …and he doesn’t look like a friendly. [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott listen to me… Whatever you do, don’t confront him! I’m sure saying, ‘hi’ won’t hurt right? [FUZZY CONNECTION] I’m telling you don’t. Um, uh, what was that, Hank? You’re cutting off… …signal seems poor. [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott! Hank? Hello, hi? Damn it. [SCOTT GASPS] [CLANG] Wait a minute… Hey! Stop! [BATROC GROANS] [BATROC GRUNTS] [BATROC GETS OOFED] Thank you! Hank, I got the serum–and you got disconnected. [BATROC GROANS] Come on, guys! [BATROC GRUNTS] [SCOTT GROANS] [BATROC GROANS] [BATROC YELPS] [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott! Are you there?! Hank, I got it. I got the serum. [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott, I did some research… …and it looks like the man in there is Georges Batroc. He’s gone up against Captain America before… Nothing but bad news. Yeah, I kinda got the idea… [ON THE EARPIECE] It was a good call bringing the shrink tech, but hurry… …the effect doesn’t last long. Uh oh. [BATROC GRUNTS] [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott, he created a suit of his own. One which clearly does similar things to the Ant-Man suit. I can see that. What’s he saying? [ON THE EARPIECE] I don’t speak French, but I’m pretty sure that means something bad. I’ll try to talk to him… [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott, don’t. Don’t worry, I learned a few words watching TV. Hi, um… Uh… Scott, yes! Ehm, uh… I speak English. Oh. Hi, I- I’m Scott. Just wondering if you’d let me take the serum to my good pal, Hank… ..he’ll bring it back, and we’ll be set. Sorry, but I need it! [BATROC GRUNTS] Alright, guys, help me up! [BATROC GRUNTS] [CARPENTER ANT BUZZES IN AGONY] [BATROC GROANS IN ANNOYANCE] [BATROC GROWS] [BATROC GRUNTS] [BATROC GETS OOFED AGAIN] [BATROC GRUNTS] [BATROC GROANS] [CARPENTER ANT BUZZES] [These unemployed Good Samaritans are like ‘wtf’?] We’re on his tail. [BATROC GRUNTS] [ANT-MAN GETS OOFED] [CARPENTER ANT GETS OOFED TOO] [BATROC LAUGHS] Hank, we lost him. Hank, the suit’s acting weird. [ON THE EARPIECE] What did Batroc do?! He swatted me. What should I do? [ON THE EARPIECE] You’re the one who mastered engineering. Scott, you need to think of something. Can you help me? What are you doing, anyways? [ON THE EARPIECE] I can’t believe I’m saying this… …but I’m working with Stark. The Iron Man?? On what?! [ON THE EARPIECE] Something small… I’ll acknowledge you about the subject, when you’ve fixed the suit. Hank, I don’t know how to fix it. I can’t fix it! [ON THE EARPIECE] Wh- what, uh, s- sorry, ah, y- you- you’re breaking off, uh… …you can fix it? Oh- Okay, cool! T- ta- talk to- you later– Scott. Hank? Hank?! [SCOTT SIGHS] Hank, I fixed the suit. [HELMET MALFUNCTIONS] [SCOTT GROANS AND FALLS] [ON THE EARPIECE] Easier said than done, huh? Pfft, yeah. [ON THE EARPIECE] Well, then I guess it’s time I talked to you about the project I’m working on with Stark. Okay? [ON THE EARPIECE] Georges Batroc. He had the Ant-Man suit. What? How? I have it. [ON THE EARPIECE] No, this is a different suit, Scott. A man named Eric O’Grady held this suit. He died a month ago, and Batroc took it from him. Unfortunately for him, it only runs on Pym Particles. That’s why you saw him stealing the formula today. And, what’s your point? [ON THE EARPIECE] My ant associates retrieved it…and Stark has it under repair. Repair? [ON THE EARPIECE] Georges Batroc doesn’t play around… …he hacked into the suit, and it’s under his control. …only for now, but once we have it, we should be able to play around with it. Why did you call me? [ON THE EARPIECE] For the love of… …put the pieces together, Scott. The suit you have is broken, we have the new suit… This is your suit now! Oh, could’ve been more specific. [ON THE EARPIECE, HANK SIGHS] So, what’s it do other than shrink? [ON THE EARPIECE] That’s what we’re trying to find out… …we’ll be in touch, when it’s finished. [JARVIS] Incoming call. I’ve put it on screen. It’s ready, Hank. [ON THE CALL] The suit? Just like you asked. [STEAM HISSING] Are you seeing it? [ON THE CALL] Wow. That O’Grady kid knows how to make use of technology… …I mean, wow. This is just awesome. How much is it gonna cost me? Oh man, this feels a LOT comfier than the other suit. Just look at it. It’s awesome, it’s- [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott, you have to focus. This suit operates a little bit differently than the original. Sounds fair. Does it have any new additions? [ON THE EARPIECE] As a matter of fact, yes it does… …your helmet has the ability to call out fire-ants out of nowhere. They’re called fire-ants for a reason. They bite you, you burn… Okay, doesn’t seem so bad. [ON THE EARPIECE] …like hell Oh, maybe I’ll just try not to get into physical contact with the fire-ants. [ON THE EARPIECE, HANK LAUGHS] Batroc is not going to be happy. No, no, no, no. This cannot be. NO. [BATROC GROANS IN ANGER] You never underestimate me. [ON THE EARPIECE] Uh, oh. Scott, Batroc just put his own suit to work. I’m going after him. [ON THE EARPIECE] Be careful, you just got the suit. Hank, where is Batroc taking the suit? [ON THE EARPIECE] He’s on the 47th. Head to the Subway station in Main Street. [CARPENTER ANT BUZZES] Hey, Batroc. This is your final stop. [BATROC ANGRILY GROANS] [CROWD GASP] [TIRES SCREECH] [BATROC GRUNTS] Boi, what the heck? [ANT-MAN SCREAMS] Hank, I need to catch up with him. Tell me where the next- Boi, what the heck was that?! [ANT-MAN SHRINKS] [ELECTRICAL BATON BUZZES] [CARPENTER ANT BUZZES] [ON THE EARPIECE] Oh, no, Scott, hurry now! What’s going on? Where did he-? [ON THE EARPIECE] Just go! GO! [lel, why is he so slow? lmao] [don’t worry, dude, you’ll get there.] [BUS DRIVER ON THE PA SYSTEM] [DISTORTED] Final stop, Queens Market. [BUS TIRES SCREECHING] [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott… He’s gone mad… [BUS CRASHES] Batroc, stop! [PYM PARTICLE BURSTS] [THE PORTAL WHIRLS] [INNOCENT CITIZEN YELPS] [WILHELM SCREAM] [BODY THUDS] Everyone, get to cover!! [FOOTSTEPS RUNNING] [yo, lol is that a guy in there? is he dead lmao] [FEET LAND] Stop this madness, Batroc. This portal is too strong to contain me. Even you. You think a small man can stop all this chaos? No. [lmao bruh wut] ahem, that was the other way around… So, be it. [BATROC GRUNTS] [BATROC GROANS] [OOF] [ON THE EARPIECE] Scott, the portal! How do I close it? It’ll shrink anything in its path. [lmao you’re doomed ;)] [ON THE EARPIECE] You need to do the opposite–grow! I don’t like the idea that this is a one time thing. [ON THE EARPIECE] What are you talkin’ about?! This ‘Giant-Man’ idea seems to work just fine. I don’t real– [ON THE EARPIECE] SCOTT, JUST SHUT UP, AND JUMP IN! Jeez, fine. It’s not that easy, since you’re the one who’s NOT doing it. Old ass scientist. [ON THE EARPIECE] WHAT? I’m jumping in! [’cause you’re screwed? xD] Here we go. [GIANT-MAN GROANS] [holy poop] [ELECTRIC BATON BUZZES] [GIANT-MAN YELPS] [SCOTT SCREAMS] Your old suit was better. Well, that suit can’t do this! Huh? [BATROC GASPS] [BATROC ANGRILY GROANS] No, no, no! [BATROC GROANS] No, wait! Don’t! [BATROC GROANS IN AGONY] Let’s get out of here. [CROWD CHEERS] [ON THE EARPIECE] What happened, Scott? He’s gone, Hank. He didn’t realize that shrinking smaller than atomic sizes would make him go subatomic. [ON THE EARPIECE] How’d you get out? I grew the largest possible in the dimension… …defeating any atomic rays shrinking me, or creating an interference. [ON THE EARPIECE] Well done. Well done. [ON THE CALL] Thank you again for the suit! I cannot believe that Iron Man fixed this very helmet that I’m wearing… …and now I’m talking to you! Yep, it’s a pleasure. [ON THE CALL] Dude, I can’t tell you how much I lov- [IRON MAN SIGHS] He was never gonna stop… [Closed Captioning by Project422 Films] I’m sorry, sir… …but, since this vehicle’s a model from 2003, …we no longer carry the proper materials to fix it. Nor do we support your vehicles historic programming. [CRIES] My car… :'( Woah, ehm… This looks…kinda damaged. [LOL wut, “kinda”-?] How did you say it happened again? [SIGHS] It’s a long story… [NEWS REPORT] The so-called, “Ant-Man” has once again been spotted… …he was battling an unknown foe on top of a bus… …spotted in Queens of New York City. [ayeeeeee, look at those headlines]