“There is an energy with stop-motion that you can’t even describe. It’s got to do with giving things life… to give life to something that doesn’t have it is cool, and even more so in three dimensions, because, at least for me, it feels even more real.” -Tim Burton
Of course we always like to think of the world as being constantly in motion, with time flowing smoothly and continuously from one moment to the next. Living in our bodies, it feels — as Ozomatli would say — like no matter what, you
But our perceptions fool us. It’s why you can take a series of stationary images, flash them before our eyes in sequence, and lo-and-behold, it appears to be in motion!
But this is a much trickier illusion to pull off with something that’s very coarse-grained and static.
A much more difficult medium for animation, for example, would be that of Post-It notes.
Now, don’t get me wrong: there have been some amazing examples of Post-It artwork that I’ve seen around.
Someone who wanted to wake up to Kirsten Dunst every morning made this on their bedroom wall:
Someone made an underwater nature mosaic, again for display in their own home:
Which meant, of course, it’s only a matter of time until someone applied this artform to classic gaming characters. After all, they’re already highly pixelated, so the potential for use with Post-Its is just incredible.
And yes, exactly as you’d expect, your princess is in another castle.
But to turn a static picture — like the ones made from Post-Its — into a moving artform, well, that requires an incredible amount of time, effort, and work.
Luckily for you, Michael Birken is up to that challenge.
To create a tribute to Ms. Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, he took:
- 5,722 individual still images,
- using 4,800 Post-It notes,
- spending 96 days over the span of 11 months building it,
- to create one video that’s barely 2 minutes long.
And you get to watch it, right now!
Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!