Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

A Creative Designer’s Solicitation for Employment via StopMotion

Judson Collier, a “16 year old high schooler from Florida [and] Advocate of Blogging and Social Media” (according to his Flickr profile) created a very creative, funny, and effective three minute video on Vimeo titled “Stop-Motion App-uh-lu-cat-ion” to market both his own graphic design skills as well as the website CrowdSpring:

Stop-Motion App-uh-lu-cat-ion from Judson on Vimeo.

Is that creative or what?! And yes, it did get me to check out the website CrowdSpring. According to the site’s “how it works” page, for potential buyers there are three basic steps to the site:

1. Post a creative project
2. Watch the world submit ideas
3. Choose the one you like

For self-appointed “creatives” a similar three part process applies:

1. Create your profile
2. Participate to projects
3. Earn money

If you’re a graphic designer with access to flat world tools (a computer with Internet access) then why not start making cash with CrowdSpring? This is a great operationalization of the theories of crowdsourcing.

I’m wondering what software program(s) Judson used to create this video? Gawker is an open source stopmotion program for Mac OS X which I’ve used previously for some rudimentary time-lapse stopmotion projects. (“Oklahoma Clouds” is an incredibly boring video with far less creative value than Judson’s work above.) This past June when I taught a week-long fine arts camp class on stopmotion movie making at our church, we used Tech4Learning’s Frames software. I’ve also used iStopMotion for some video projects with my son when he was in kindergarten. We published three of these in a series I named “StopMotion Western Classics.” My favorite is definitely the rescue scene in “Minder’s Rescue.” If you’re a fan of the 1980s Flash Gordon film or Queen’s contribution to the soundtrack, you’ll probably enjoy this.

In the comments for his stopmotion video, Judson revealed he used about 650 photos for his three minute film. (It also took 150 jumps in 40 degree weather to make it!) Isn’t it amazing to see how creative 16 year old designers can be with free time and digital technology tools? 🙂

Hat tip to James Deaton for pointing me to Judson’s creative work.

Additional related resources are available on my workshop wiki for “Stop Motion Filmmaking.”

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One response to “A Creative Designer’s Solicitation for Employment via StopMotion”

  1. Judson Avatar

    Hey Wesley,

    Admittedly I’m a bit late to this post, I missed it off the radar ;). I actually used Final cut express and just dragged them on the timeline and made the time for each clip .4 of a second!