Plasticine Rhythm

This is my new stop motion animated short 'Plasticine Rhythm'. It forms the focal point of my Plasticine Rhythm project which is collected together on this Vimeo channel.

Using the iPhone app Vine, I created a series of stop motion loops over a period of about 6 months. It was a good way to experiment quickly with plasticine in motion and they were fun to make. As this series of animations developed they became more focused on animations that produce sounds, this gave me a bigger idea…

I have always been interested in the way visuals can effect sound and how visual loops can be brought together to create a piece of music. This is how I produced Plasticine Rhythm; allowing each stop motion loop, made using Vine, to dictate a sound and combining these sound loops on screen to build a compatible interplay of rhythm and melody. Once this was established I then played with all the elements, including the background colour and the mini TVs containing the loops, so every element was intrinsically linked with the music.

For the best stereo effect I recommend wearing headphones to watch it.

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You can also see 'Behind the Plasticine Rhythm' where I go through how to make your own animated stop motion loop.

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With the help of Strange Beast I put on a Plasticine Rhythm Workshop at 'Pick Me Up' in Somerset House, London. At it attendees learned the principles of replacement stop motion and made a companion piece to Plasticine Rhythm. You can also watch behind the scenes footage footage from the day.

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You can listen to and download 'The Plasticine Rhythm EP' featuring all the songs associated with this project.