first of all this site is awesome,i'm a big fan of stop motion animation and first it's going to be a little hobby of mine,but i hope to expand it to a greater level..in time :D
I'm writing a master's thesis on my college and i took 'Stop Motion Animation' as a theme for it,with a focus on a different stop motion types/subtypes so i'm planning to create a short video for every of these types and analyze how they look and react on a same video theme,since they're all different to shoot.But i'm having some problems determinating which stop motion subtypes are there,so if anyone could explain and clarify that for me :)
This is the classification i did so far:
- Go Motion
- Brick Film Animation
- Still Motion (not sure i'm going to use this one yet)
- CGI (Computer generaterd imagery)
Are there any other big subtypes besides those ones? every idea and suggestion would be appreciated :)
P.S. Time Lapse is not included in my research,i will mention it of course but that's all.
You might want to mention that, though most people do say Claymation, technically that's a copyrighted term coined specifically for the work of Will Vinton Studio. The general term is clay animation (but I know - nobody says that).
CGI isn't stopmotion - to be stopmotion requires that actual objects be moved in front of a camera in between frames. Therefore paper cutout animation IS stopmotion, while cel animation and CGI are not.
You might also mention tht same facts that are in the introduction to just about any animation book - that a form of stopmotion was the fiurst special effect, mostly stumbled upon by accident every time the camera was stopped and re-started and it was discovered that characters would disappear from their places and re-appear elsewhere.
Yeah i know,i've just put those words together in a claymation since it's more often used,but i meant clay animation.
You're right about CGI,i'm just going to compare stop motion technique with a computer made and it's going to be a special section.
I will mention that thanks and remove cgi from the list,but if you could tell me about that subtype classification i did,is it ok or am i missing some key forms/subtypes of stop motion animation?
Hmmm... I suppose you ought to include replacement animation - which can mean replacement of parts or entire puppets, as George Pal used to do wth his Puppetoons.
And if it's a discussion about different subcategories, extending to Brickfilms and such, then you might also bring up the differences between the O'Brien/Harryhausen type stopmo using it to insert realistic creatures into live action films, and the Europen puppetfilm approach, which doesn't aim to imitate realism but creates an entire artistically stylized world populated only by puppets.
Also, I'm curious - what do you mean by Still Motion?
yup it's about subcategories :) My aim is to take one short scene,like drinking a cup of tea and analyze it in various stop motion subcategories so that i can determine what are the differences between those subcategories while shooting the same theme scene in all of them. I love your ideas,thanks.
By still motion i mean displaying numerous pictures one after another,very fast and it looks like flashing,usually it's used in horror movies for some intense scenes,not sure i'm going to analyze it to much though.
Basically what do you think about my subcategories? Are they ok and cover most of different stop motion types?