“Pixilation is a stop motion technique where live actors are used as a frame-by-frame subject in an animated film, by repeatedly posing while one or more frame is taken and changing pose slightly before the next frame or frames. The actor becomes a kind of living stop-motion puppet.”

Stop Motion

“Stop motion is an animated filmmaking technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion or change when the series of frames is played back.”

My Ideas

Pixilation is a new concept to me, I’m very familiar with stop motion as a spent years creating them as a hobby and pixilation is very similar really its just using people rather than objects. I had some initial ideas before really knowing about the project consisting of post-it notes moving around on a surface which I still like if it was to be a stop motion. 

I am now thinking about a short clip of me teleporting around my garden or a subject maybe with equipment making use of the frame delay.

How Im going to do it

Im thinking of doing my pixilation with my DSLR as I used to do with all my stop motion projects, It’s good because it has a time delay and I also have a remote trigger for it. I used to edit it together in windows movie maker since it was easy to do, that does not exist anymore but should be easy enough to do in other programs.


Please read below post with details on the production stage of the project.

in Film, Pixl, Unit 10 Pixilation Production

Last Saturday I did my pixilation it was a bit different to what I had planned but in a good way. I made a couple of very amature mistakes, the first one was the time of day, I decided to do it late afternoon which means there was a lot of shadows. So that was...
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Final Product

As stated in the production overview I made some quite common mistakes and as a new filmmaker, I will continue to make these until I learn and that’s just a step in the process. In terms of planning that’s not a strong point for me I would rather just turn up and shoot something which is a flaw I’m working on, my plan I had was not really set in stone, and because of that I had to change a location and actions because of my idea and the mistakes I made. In the “How am I going to do it stage” I said I was going to teleport around my garden and then added the equipment side to make it more interesting, I had a basic idea there but did not like it fully so I almost finalized it while on the set. I ended up almost doing a gear showcase with lenses swapping and lights setting up which I ended up liking a lot more anyway.

I came up with the idea to keep my hands in my pockets to emphasize the illusion that this stuff is happening without me really moving. I think I would have enjoyed the project a little more if It was a straight-up stop motion rather than a fixation with my involvement, I would have had some better ideas and I still don’t like being in photos that much, but it turned out alright. It could have maybe been a bit longer but I had the idea of reversing the sequence so the gear goes up and then it comes back down again afterward but using the same frames to not spend even longer making it (considering my batteries were running flat as well).

The lighting is quite inconsistent since I was using my lights as props I had to rely on natural light which as I said was rapidly changing due to the time I had chosen. One final touch I liked was the fish in the background swimming around, just thought that was kinda funny.

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