Photographic Stills Technique

Photographic Stills are making still objects look like they are actually moving by taking photographs of them. In between each photo the object has to be moved on ever so slightly so when all the photos are put together it will make the object give the illusion that it is moving. It was Albert E. Smith and J. Stuart Blackton that were the first ones to get the credit for using this technique when they made an animation in 1897 called The Humpty Dumpty Circus using photographic stills. Photographic stills are also otherwise called stop motion animation. What is usually used in this technique are either models that people have made out of clay dolls or puppets because they are easy to position for their next still. Films that used a lot of photographic stills are Star Wars and the first King Kong movie when they used both puppets and miniatures. Back then this was the only way that you could make still objects be able to move on a screen. Nowadays the stop motion technique is no longer mainstream because of computer generated images but it is still however very popular and very much used in films, television adverts and short films. Modern films that have all chosen to use this technique include Coraline, Chicken Run, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and the Wallace and Gromit film The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

King Kong  Humpty Dumpty Circus

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