Sunday, December 2, 2012

A fresh look...

at some familiar images. What I'm posting here are images from a few stop-motion classics that I've put together using some digital 'fakery' with  Photoshop and a pretty amazing 'photo-stitch' program included in Windows 7. I took frame grabs from shots that have a linear camera move, or a pan, and stitched them together to create  new images from old ones. In some cases the results were pretty remarkable, in others you just get a little bit more of an extended frame. In the best case it gives you a taste of what  it might have been like to see the whole set up.

This is, after all, the Beast's blog site so it gets to go first. This was a tilt down from head to neck wound.

This was tilt up of Talos on the beach.

Here is a tilt down to the door.

A right to left camera pan. Obviously there is a bit of time compression going on, but I wanted to get a sense of what it was like to be there.

No stop-motion here, but I've always wondered how high that cliff was. That guy was nuts!

A tilt down of the beautiful painting that is the opening shot of "Mighty Joe Young".

A tilt up, followed by pan to the left as Joe climbs into the tree house loft in the night club sequence.

This right to left pan shot reveals the beautiful the nightclub set just before Joe fights the lions.

King Kong had some of the most beautiful table top sets in any stop-motion film. This stitch-up gives us a great look at the detailed wall above the 'spider pit'.

I saved my favorite for last. "Look at the size of that brute!" If I could, I'd blow this up to actual size and make a wall mural, (I'd have to have pretty big wall!).


  1. Hi Yancy

    How wonderful are these stitch togethers!! That MIGHTY JOE opening matte painted tilt down is exquisite (even with the reflected motor cars in the water element which slipped by Lin Dunn and looks incongruous in the final, otherwise sensational comp).
    For my site Matte Shot, I often try to stitch together matte pans and tilts, often with dire consequences, being non conversant with photoshop type devilry. Your comps here are superb and I hope to see more.

    All the best


  2. Yancy... This is FANTASTIC! Truly a Wonderful Tribute to the Art of the Stop Motion Animator and incredible amount of detail that went into the Production Design! Love it!

  3. Hi Yancy,
    Great photos. Is it possible to give a bit more info on how you created these images?