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Heart is an Empty Room

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May 27, 2010 | 2:46 PM EDT

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Here's a stop motion video i made for the Death Cab for Cutie song - Your Heart is an Empty Room. The whole thing took me about 3 months and contains over 5000 different pictures. I made it only using monkeyjam for the video and audacity for the audio. Major thanks to Fro who helped me get it into flash so i could show you guys. Sorry about the low quality. That size restriction thing is a huge annoyance. You can watch it on you tube in hd if its a problem -
v=zDLRPQFlVGk and yes i did mean to leave objects in the frame



Rated 5 / 5 stars

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great job. the time you put in this is awesome. great idea for this song.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


i love what you make with this song
you must be working on this for months!!!!!
your uncle have a store of office articles?
because you hace all the imagimable tools!!!


pt: the mother nature must have you for all the paper than you used... (a joke XD)

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g17 responds:

lol yeahh it did take i think almost a ream of paper


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


I like this, its alittle jumpy but its well done...


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Wow, I have almost no words. This was just so well done, the medium you used fits the song surprisingly well. Regular flash animation just wouldn't have come across the same way for some reason. I'm not usually a fan of stop motion animation, but this gets all my love and a lot of my praise.

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g17 responds:

Thank you very much


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Great work!

I think that this piece really does show that some stop motion animators are truly underrated on this site. With the way that it all seems to fit together, you've done a grand job, though certain parts do need tidying up a little, just to make the next step.

Some of your animations are ambitious, but a little too drawn out for the synchronisation with the music. If you change these so that we can hear the music singing in time with what is being portrayed on the stop motion, you'd be well away. A little cheat here is to get Fro or someone similar to add subtitles and do away with the word play, while using your animating skills to pass something else on as an interpretation of the music itself.

When you come to the colour choices, the yellow is a little difficult to see, so perhaps a little less of that being used would help you out in future projects? Finally, the lighting conditions changed drastically when you were getting towards the end of the tune - just to keep it all seemingly uniform for the background in the piece, would it have been a better idea to wait until tomorrow for better ambient lighting? That also affected the perception of the yellow, which was a shame.

Kudos to Fro for helping you out here, as this is the sort of work that more people need to encourage, lest it become a forgotten art form.

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