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Stop Motion on the Galaxy Note

Stop Motion on the Galaxy Note

| On 06, May 2012

This took me way longer than I would care to admit…

But it’s true, Samsung Mob!lers are smothered with opportunities which, to a non-Mob!ler, might be comparable to someone sneaking into Crete and selotaping a back up jet-propulsion system onto Icarus’s wings. Then he’d be able to fly as high and as far as he liked without worries of melting wax. It’s cheating, it’s unfair…  well no. We work hard. I made this Stop Motion video for Samsung as part of an application to represent them  during the London Olympic Games 2012. I put my heart and soul into it and it may well be one of the most creative things I have ever done!

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This stop motion video I did for Samsung tries to demonstrate the creative capabilities of the Galaxy Note. It took me far more time that I would care to admit, almost 4000 individual frames, sore hands and several thousand squat-thrusts. Interestingly enough the version (above) which became popular on the internet was an unfinished test version which I’d uploaded to show a few select friends.

Much to my delight, after 24 hours I discovered it had been posted on several well-celebrated blogs and a few days later on the official Samsung Mobile Facebook page!

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I’ve been experimenting with stop motion for a while now. I played around with ideas like this one on the beaches of Barcelona but it wasn’t anything particularly new or exciting… just very time consuming.

I’d had the idea of doing a stop motion within stop motion video for quite some time and was quite surprised that no one else has done this sort of thing before. My main struggle was the animation side of things. I don’t consider myself a good drawer by any accounts and before this I’d never had any experience of animation so I jumped in and gave it a go.

Initially I had intended for this to be an Olympic-themed thing, with the stick figure running and jumping over obstacles in the animation that merged with real-life objects. It turned out that was rather ambitious so I just kept on going and let something much more organic evolve from it.

Stop Motion within Stop Motion on the Samsung galaxy note

I did the animation side of things advance, meticulously working out at which frames something significant had to happen in order for the music to align. After that it was a tedious method of

  1. Photograph Galaxy Note
  2. Move Galaxy Note a couple of millimetres
  3. Swipe finger across Galaxy Note to change to the next picture in the animation
  4. Move camera a couple of millimeters
  5. Repeat from step 1

Stop Motion within Stop Motion on the Samsung galaxy note