Stop Motion Animation

Tim and Jethro Productions details the pastime hobby of two guys during their biochemistry undergraduate degrees and their housemate. We began experimenting with stop motion animation using a crude set up on a mobile phone; with no stability or editing software to speak of. With each new project our quality improved as did the scope of our animations.

Our main enjoyment came from building a story and creating exposition through motion rather than words. How do you make the audience empathise with a silent character? How can you best portray emotional developement through movement alone? The animations presented below allowed me to explore the answers to these questions in my own creative manner, though there is still much to learn.

Enjoy watching!

Blue Runner 2 (2011)

The Blue Runner is back! And he's hungry for revenge! But first he must journey through the enormous world of the colossus.

This is a sequel to the first Blue Runner stop-motion shown below.

Images taken on Kodak EasyShare C713 and put together with Adobe Premiere Elements 9. 

The final animation was in 12 fps.

Blue Runner 1 (2010)

A Blu-Tack man comes to life in a micro-world full of dangers. With traps and enemies around every corner he must keep moving to survive and try to escape this treacherous world.

Images taken on Kodak EasyShare C713 and put together with Adobe Premiere Elements 9. 

The final animation was in 8 fps.

Squirrel Madness (2009)

Combining origami folding with stop motion animation, Squirrel Madness is a short story of a paper squirrel that must save his love from the evil eagles that kidnapped her. This was one of our first attempts at stop motion, which we put together over the course of a weekend. The fun we had making it inspired us to create the Blue Runner animations. 

Images taken on a handheld 4 megapixel mobilephone camera.

The final animation was in 4 fps.

Dr Timothy J Kaufmann

All content within this portfolio is © 2016 by Tim Kaufmann.

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