I love this short 15 second video. I'm a beginner (have mercy), but how did they do this?

  • I don't see a link and I don't see any edit indicator. ??
    – Gyan
    Apr 27, 2015 at 6:07
  • Mulvya, there is a youtube video in my post above. Do you not see it?
    – Jon
    Apr 28, 2015 at 8:40
  • No. On checking source, I see that it is a Flash object. I have Flashblock on and I usually get a button indicating disabled flash objects. No such thing here. Anyway, I see the link in the source. Thanks.
    – Gyan
    Apr 28, 2015 at 9:47

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One frame at a time. Many film cameras (as opposed to video cameras) will allow the creator to shoot a single frame of film. The camera is set up on a tripod, pointing at countertop with the Quest Bar, strawberries, and peanuts on it. The filmmaker shoots one frame of film. Then he/she moves the Quest Bar a couple millimeters to the right. Then shoots another frame. Moves the Quest Bar a couple more millimeters. Shoots another frame. And so on, until the Quest Bar is in the middle of the shot. Then he/she opens the end of the wrapper a bit, and shoots another frame of film. Opens the wrapper a little more, shoots another frame. Slides the wrapper a couple millimeters to the left, shoots another frame. And so on.

This is standard "clay animation" or "Claymation". You can read more about it here.

  • Brett, that must be a lot of work right? How many frames do you think it would have taken them to do this?
    – Jon
    Apr 23, 2015 at 20:35
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    It is a LOT of work! I've done some myself. Remember that film has 24 frames every second. So for 18 seconds (like this video), that's over 400 separate positions and shots! Apr 23, 2015 at 21:08
  • Holy moly. Not accounting the shots they probably had to retake right?
    – Jon
    Apr 23, 2015 at 21:12
  • Exactly! And this is the same technique done for ENTIRE FILMS sometimes, such as The Box Trolls, Chicken Run and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Sometimes to make the process a little bit faster, they will shoot 2 frames of each setup. But that makes the final film look more jumpy. (BTW, thank you for marking my answer as "correct"!) Apr 23, 2015 at 21:16
  • You're welcome Brett. Thank you as well for that. One more thing, when we see the gal's hand putting the cookies (quest bar) in the oven, is that stop motion, or could it be an effect you could apply to it? It doesn't seem as stop motion as in the beginning.
    – Jon
    Apr 24, 2015 at 8:15

The most basic principal of stop motion is taking pictures of still objects,moving them slightly for each frame, then playing them very quickly to give the illusion of movement. For example, when the bar came out of the package the animator started with a frame of the closed package. Than they opened the end of the package then they took another frame(picture).They moved the package off the bar sightly and took another picture. They slowly did this until the bar was all the way out of the package. It's not that hard, really. Give it a try!

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