These fantastic stop motion videos will make you want to take thousands of photos


posted Friday, September 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM EST


The thing about creating a stop motion clip is that it's exacting. You need to spend a huge amount of time capturing thousands of images in order to get enough frames to make a decent length video. But when it works, it works incredibly well. Today we saw two fantastic stop motion videos, both of which are the product of an excruciating amount of work — and both of which make us want to take a lot more photos.

The first is a recording of an 11-month long process of stripping down and fixing up an engine, and then putting the whole thing back together. Constructed over 11 months, the video's creator describes the process on YouTube:

"Started out as just a collection of snaps as I stripped down an engine bought off ebay. (To replace my old engine, which had suffered catastrophic failure). The snaps were so that I remembered how everything went, so I could put it back together again.

Then I realised it'd be quite cool to make it an animation. found some suitable music, rekindled my ancient knowledge of Premiere, storyboarded it, shot it as I worked on the engine (my poor DSLR got covered in engine oil), this was the result."

That's 11 months of work compressed down into 2:22 of footage (and totally worth sitting through to the end for).


The second video is even more ambitious: an incredible, dark, and moving short film culled from 80,000 photos taken over three years by Gioacchino Petronicce. Titled Pictures, it's a compilation from images taken in Paris, Barcelona, Hossegor, Venezia, Toulouse, Martinique, New York City, Montpellier, and more, shot with a Canon 5D Mark III and 7D, and a whole suite of lenses.

You can see more of Petronicce's work on Flickr

(Via Reddit and FStoppers)