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The Golem

I have a special treat in store. Here is the trailer for Barta's film The Golem, for which he is currently trying to get funding. It looks like it would prove to be his finest yet, assuming it ever gets made. Even just what little is contained in these 2 clips is amazing...


Golem1
The Golem
clip 1

Golem2
The Golem
clip 2



XYZoo Animation

I've just discovered the little-known but wonderful animation of Lindsay Van Blerk, director and animator par excellance of XYZoo Animation located in South Africa. They have produced some incredible stopmotion for Billy Budd Films, a company specialising in short animated films with a christian message. The videos and DVDs can be bought through the Adelante Project website.

1st xmas
The First Xmas




Nick Hilligoss

Way "down under" in Melbourne, Australia, there lives a highly talented jack-of-all-trades named Nick Hilligoss who concieves, designs, builds, and animates short nature-themed films overflowing with whimsical inventiveness. Visit his site for great tutorials on do-it-yourself foam latex puppets and lots of other stuff. Here's a taste:

1st xmas
Good Riddance



Turtle World
clip 1



Turtle World
clip 2



Dalibor's Tower

???
Ivan Renc


Franck Dion

I'm very proud to host this.... The Phantom Inventory! It's the entire short film, made by Franck Dion of France. It's the longest clip on my site at 9:42, and the file is 18.3 MBs.

phantom
the Phantom Inventory


Kim Blanchette
Cup-O-Noodle
cinema

Kim is a legend in stopmo circles, and these japanese commercials for the Nissin company are extremely rare... through my connections I've managed to track down a few.



Note... if this isn't loading right for you, the individual movie files are listed to the right under the Kim Blanchette section.


The Stain
Marjut Rimminen
and Christine Roche




An incredible 10 minite film by Finnish animator Marjut Rimminen and Christine Roche. I got it down to 12 megs... as good as I can do, but it's well worth it! This is one of my favorites.... a mix of cell and stopmo animation woven into a twisted family drama held together and pushed to new heights by an excellent voiceover. This film reveals layers of meaning each time you watch it.

For further information about this excellent film and how to own it on tape or DVD, check the website of its producer Orly Yadin: yadinproductions.com
 
Clips from some of Eastern Europe's greatest masters:


Stare01

Starewitch

Le Lion
Devenu Vieux
clip 1
Stare02

Starewitch

Le Lion
Devenu Vieux
clip 2
Stare03

Starewitch

Fleur De
Fougère
clip 1
Krysar

Jiri Barta

Krysar
(Pied Piper)
clip 1

Krysar

Jiri Barta

Krysar
(Pied Piper)
clip 2

Krysar

Jiri Barta

Krysar
(pied Piper)
clip 3

Kawa01

Kawamoto

Briar Rose
(Sleeping
Beauty)

Kawa02

Kawamoto

Briar Rose 2
(Sleeping
Beauty)

Gabe01

Jiri Trnka

Archangel
Gabriel
& Mrs Goose

Bajaja01

Jiri Trnka

Prince
Bajaja
Clip 1

Bajaja02

Jiri Trnka

Prince
Bajaja
Clip 2

Spejbl

Jiri Trnka

Spejbl and
Hurvinek
Clip 1

Legends01

Jiri Trnka

Old Czech
Legends
clip 1

Legends02

Jiri Trnka

Old Czech
Legends
clip 2

Midsummer01

Jiri Trnka

Midsummer
Nights'
Dream 1

Midsummer02

Jiri Trnka

Midsummer
Nights'
Dream 2

Lion and the Song

Bretislav Pojar

The Lion
and
the Song

Gingerbread Cottage

Bretislav Pojar

The
Gingerbread
Cottage

Flying Sneaker

Bretislav Pojar

The
Flying
Sneaker

Leaves/Oak

Vlasta Pospisilova

When the Leaves
have Fallen from
the Oak... clip 1

Leaves/Oak

Vlasta Pospisilova

When the Leaves
have Fallen from
the Oak... clip 2

Pad01

Aurel Klimt

Pád
(Ceska Animace)
clip 1

Pad03

Aurel Klimt

Pád
(Ceska Animace)
clip 2

Zeman01

Karel Zeman

Magic World of
Karel Zeman
clip 1

Zeman02

Karel Zeman

Magic World of
Karel Zeman
clip 2

Zeman03

Karel Zeman

Magic World of
Karel Zeman
clip 3

Zeman04

Karel Zeman

Magic World of
Karel Zeman
clip 4

Stolen Airship

Karel Zeman

The Stolen
Airship
clip 1

Stolen Airship

Karel Zeman

The Stolen
Airship
clip 2

Pirat

Jan Bubenicek

Pirat
(Ceska Animace)
clip 1

Pirat

Jan Bubenicek

Pirat
(Ceska Animace)
clip 2

Underground Ball

Noro Drziak

Velky Kychac
(The Great
Sneezer)

Underground Ball

Vadim Kurchevsky

Big
Underground
Ball



Stan. Sokolov

Liberated
Don
Quixote

pinchcliffe

Ivo Caprino

Pinchcliffe
Gran
Prix




A few silent/black & white films with great
atmosphere that have influenced my approach:

Charlie Bowers

Charlie Bowers

A Wild Roomer
and It's a Bird
(with stopmo!)

Wild Oysters

Charlie Bowers

Wild
Oysters
(with stopmo!)

The Golem

Paul Wegener

The Golem...
and how he came
into the world

Ivan the Terrible

Sergei Eisenstein

Ivan
The
Terrible

Andrei Rublev

Andrei Tarkovsky

Andrei
Rublev

Carnival

Herk Harvey

Carnival
of Souls

Zombie

I Walked

With a
Zombie


Alexander Ptushko
Russia's "Uncle Ray" crossed with Karel Zeman....
Ok, he doesn't do stopmotion, or even animation, but his FX work is so brilliant and dripping
with that Sense of Wonder that you'll almost think you've discovered a long-lost trove
of Harryhausen films from his little-known "Russian Period"!
These films can be bought on DVD (Region free!) at Ruscico.com

Ilya Muromets



Sadko


Stare03
Sadko
clip 2


Ruslan and
Ludmilla




Some more recent 'creature' animation featuring
cutting edge effects and dazzling computer
assisted composite work:


Phil Tippett

Master animator of the modern era and heir to Harryhausen's monumental talent.
His stylized work is what I refer to as "Hyper-Harryhausen".

Garthok

"The Garthok"
From the movie
Coneheads

Tippett

Movie Magic
part 1


Tippett

Movie Magic
part 2




JP Animatic
part 1



JP Animatic
part 2



JP Animatic
kitchen sequence



JP Animatic
T-rex/raptor



JP Animatic
raptor LG



JP Animatic
T-rex GoMo test


Kim Blanchette

Another master in the same league as Tippett but less well known. Aside from assisting Phil on the Jurassic Park animatic stopmo and his work on Nightmare Before Christmas, Kim has done a series of fantastic commercials for a Japanese company called Nissin, makers of Cup-o-Noodle Soup. He worked in conjunction with Chiodo Brothers studio on this project.

Tippett

Movie Magic
part 1

Tippett

Movie Magic
part 2

Tippett

Movie Magic
part 3


I understand the Kim Blanchette Cup-O-Noodle Cinema isn't working right for some people. That's a shame, because it's really a thing of beaty when it works right (it does on my high speed connection) but for those who can't get it to work, here are the individual movie files presented by themselves:













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