Homemade Special Effects

Today, we’re hoping to inspire a little animated fun! We’re using a neat animation method called ‘pixilation’, in which humans are used as stop-motion puppets, to get from Point A to Point B. So grab your tablet or your smart phone or your camera, and come make human stop-motion with us!

Why walk there when you could slide there? Just like in stop-motion animation, the puppet moves just a bit for every photo that’s taken. So: Step to your left, Photo, Repeat!

Here’s the oldest trick in the ‘Special Effects’ book! In George Méliès’ ‘A Trip to the Moon’ from 1902, he infamously turn the camera off, had the subject leave the screen, and turned the camera back on to continue the shot, thus creating cinema’s first disappearing act! So, remember that film is just a series of photographs, and that you, too, can teleport!

Fly there! This one also counts as a daily work out. Just like we did in the slide, except with a jump! And a very well timed cameraperson… So: Step to your left, Jump, Photo, Repeat! You’ll notice we did a few jumping photos in place at the beginning and end to really make the puppet look like she can fly.

Have fun with it! What do you have in your home that you can play with and add to the animation?

Our favorite part about animation is that truly everything is possible! So whatever kooky idea you have, you can make happen with just a little planning and the right tools. 

For more details on how we made these animations, be sure to watch Animation basics: Homemade special effects - TED-Ed


Here is a flower opening for you Vine


I’m in love with Kubo’s expressions. They look so real that when I watched him smile, I also smiled. When he cried, so did I. It’s so beautiful. This is something the new disney movies are struggling with. They want their characters to look pretty in every shot, limiting their faces. For example, in frozen when Anna and Elsa smile, their cheeks don’t go up so they won’t get any wrinkles. The lips instead go in the cheeks, which looks odd, but it isn’t too noticeable. It’s just something that has been bothering me, because the expressions didn’t feel too real. But in Kubo, they’re so beautiful! Like damn, look at these pics! Without moving images, soundtracks or voices, I can still feel his emotions just by looking at him.


Happy Halloween time to get spooky! 🎃


This animated painting was colored in entirely with makeup! Makeup is an art form that requires a lot of skill and I have tons of respect for artists who flaunt their creativity on their face :)


Masterpiece ReAnimated: Insecticon Pest Control.


Rudolph’s Shiny New Year (1976)

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