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A week ago I got my Canon 5D. I was so excited I started taking random pictures, mostly trying to focus on my hand moving around in front of the lens. I was trying to get the rhythm of what it’s like pointing and shooting with what feels like a much heftier camera than what I imagined it would be. I was about to trash all the photos to start taking ‘real’ pictures, but when scrolling rapidly through the images on the camera’s viewfinder, it almost looked like a little stop-motion movie. The next day I borrowed a tripod from Mary’s Dad. I also borrowed some of Mary’s collection of Day of the Dead figurines. I took some shots of them on the bathroom sink. After that, I pulled all the photos from both days into Final Cut and edited the running sequence of pictures to music.

The song was one I wrote and recorded a long time ago with acoustic and electric guitar on an old Tascam multitrack cassette recorder.

I put this together pretty quickly, just experimenting, but I think it came out pretty cool.

 

~Hands~

  • DaniBananiJuly 16, 2008 - 2:36 am

    That was really captivating to watch Jonas. Keep it up, I am having a lot of fun checking your site everyday. Thanks for the great art.
    Much love.

  • AmericanvirusJuly 16, 2008 - 2:49 am

    Thank you so much. I appreciate it.

  • TishJuly 16, 2008 - 2:59 am

    Wow. Someone REALLY needs a pedicure.

    Just kidding! I thought you did a great job as well. How long did it take you to film the Day of the Dead figurine section? It was seamless!

  • The real JPJuly 16, 2008 - 3:35 am

    Wowza! I dig it man. Nice work.

  • LeoJuly 16, 2008 - 6:17 am

    I’m a big fan of this video Jonas. Good job. Seems like it took you a long time to actually make this one! Kinda got the feel that I was watching a tool music video as the skeleton came crawling out of the sink! Good job!

  • Sam LongoriaJuly 16, 2008 - 7:15 am

    Hey, Jonas! Waaay cool! You’ve discovered stop-motion, excellent!
    I got started working in movies, doing stop-motion, using paint and modeling clay. (hint) Love your idea, your puppets are great, and your execution of it all is splendid. Keep up the good work!

    Sam

  • MalaynaJuly 16, 2008 - 1:13 pm

    Yay! Yay! Yay! Who knew photos of a hand could turn out so cool? But I like to think you were doing magic to bring the Dia de los Muertos kids back to life. I love those guys! You did a great job with them. I dig the song too! I want more!

  • greg bJuly 16, 2008 - 9:17 pm

    Me like!

    Greg B.

  • Stephen H.July 17, 2008 - 5:05 am

    Awesome video Jonus, I liked how the hand frames seemed more or less in the same spot but the background flipped a lot. It was a bit rough for that, with the sudden changes, but it gave a good mood. A stop action jerky mood. I kind of think the jerkyness of objects is what I find appealing about stop action films. The models were absolutely awesome animations, especially the big skeleton and the girl skeleton. Hopefully Kim will tell me when you have more, but I’ll also try to stop by here to find more awesome work!

    Steve H.

  • BarbieJuly 17, 2008 - 5:42 am

    That’s really neat! I want a Nikon D80 really bad. But it costs too much right now :( boo hoo!

    Your video is really cool though! That little skeleton dude kicks ass! Keep up the unusual videos, they are quite entertaining!

  • Kimterese BooneJuly 17, 2008 - 6:04 am

    I loved the cool effect of the quick movements of your hands through the whole video. It was great!! I knew you had such talent, I can’t wait to see more of your work and how it will blossom like how a cocoon turns into a butterfly…Awww wittle Jonas all grown up!! tee hee.

    Kimmie

  • DepressionJuly 24, 2008 - 7:00 pm

    Very well done for using a new toy! Plus I liked the music, hope you get your orb-shot, outdoors is usually a great spot for catching them.

  • AmericanvirusAugust 3, 2008 - 8:47 am

    Thank you so much for your kind responses!
    Jonas

  • ~ big milk ~ » americanvirusMarch 21, 2010 - 12:47 am

    […] my first experiment with making a stop motion short (see earlier post Hands), I’ve become a little more ambitious. This was created entirely from nearly 1,000 stills […]

This box arrived in the mail today!!

 

Luckily, I got a residual check in the mail today from the Screen Actors Guild as well.

 

 

That’s $19.67 after taxes. I just don’t think that’s gonna cover the camera.

Oh well, you only live once…

“Hello CANON EOS 5D, my name is Americanvirus….”

  • DanielleJuly 11, 2008 - 8:52 pm

    Can I have your autograph?!?!? Seriously!

  • L TrainJuly 12, 2008 - 3:12 pm

    I think that if you would have been a ninja amish person and jumped over the station wagon and then put your foot in Malichi’s insult thrower we’d see $64.00 on that little check.

  • The real JPJuly 13, 2008 - 3:36 am

    Deep inside, I am so green with envy. I want to be just like This guy when I grow up. Americanvirus.com rules!

  • TishJuly 16, 2008 - 2:55 am

    You were in Children of the Corn? Why didn’t I know this?! That’s so cool!!! Do you have any screenshots you can post on your blog? Oh, and I think you should charge Danielle for your autograph — that’s what all the big shot actors do :)

  • Travis ManleyAugust 11, 2008 - 9:59 pm

    Hey congrats on the 5d, nice choice. I just got one myself about a month ago.

  • ~ Transitions ~ » americanvirusMay 20, 2010 - 10:41 am

    […] 2 years ago I called up my friend Adam and told him I had just bought a camera, the Canon 5D mark i. It was purchased on the spur of the moment. I thought it would be nice to learn about photography. […]

  • […] ii had been announced and I knew it was time to start saving my pennies in order to upgrade my then brand new 5D mark i. The problem was, with a $2,500 price tag attached to the upgrade, that’s quite a lot of pennies […]