Back to the Future using stop-motion animation & light painting techniques with a mini Delorean

9/25/2014 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

After doing the Ghostbusters proton streams Joey Shanks  came up with an idea to re-create the time slice effect from Back to the Future using stop-motion animation & light painting techniques.

This is Part 1 of 3.

The 2nd installment will deal with the editing process of putting all these frames and exposures together.

The 3rd installment will deal with creating miniatures and using forced perspective for our clock tower sequence.

You can download a free trial of the stop-motion software he was using at... (it is the industry standard)

The one of the last shots of the film was me trying to animate our mini-van doing the time slice technique. It took me 4 full days to get 27 frames with about 8-14 exposures for each frame. Not sure if I have the strength to finish it. It was a lot harder then I thought. No maybe if I was animating a real Delorean, my energy and interest would spark up again!!!

Also, Joey Shanks found some great articles about the production of Back to the Future from CINEFEX magazine. They have archival issues of all the classical films dating back to 1979 and if you have an ipad you can purchase them for $5 an issue. He has found these articles invaluable for helping get a better understanding of how all these iconic effects were achieved in the first place. Learn more about the CINEFEX app here...

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