I Made A Stop-Motion Video!

This post is exactly what the title says it is. It’s always been my dream to go behind the screens of an animated movie/clip coming to life. And out of a whim of inspiration, I decided to do something of my own! I didn’t have any of that fancy-shmancy equipment of a tripod, or frames, or Adobe After Effects which is apparently a really cool software that makes a lot of things a lot easier, so I just went old-school. I spent a lot of going-arounds of the clock’s arms to make the pictures using construction paper and a tiny, tiny pair of scissors for the tiny stuff. Here’s what my workspace looked like exactly.


The final cut didn’t really pan out as I’d planned it out in my head. Haha after all, what in life does pan out as planned out in our heads?

The lighting wasn’t the best because I suck at deadlines and the sun went home too early today. Stop-motion looks kind of animated-life-like when done professionally, but since this is my first attempt at it, I think you might just have to look past the parts of me having no idea of what I’m doing, and realising that I didn’t even have Windows Movie Maker and the eternal struggle of finding a good BGM. I really wanted the karaoke version of Fireflies by Owl City, especially after 1:15, to be it since it’s one of my life-time favourites and has a really good soundtrack. But alas, in the fear of getting ruffed up by internet cops due to copyright infringement, I decided against it and instead used a really helpful channel on YT called NoCopyrightSounds.

Okay that’s all with the technicalities. The video’s a little wishy-washy but I’d just love to see what you guys think. The idea of doing something like this has been in my head since the past entire week of my exams and however not close to visualisation it is, (much like advertisements of burgers) it became my guilty pleasure (much like a burger!) of doing something interesting and engaging for a change from studying non-stop and falling asleep periodically after a certain number of boredom intensifying pages. My math textbook was lying right there (refer workspace picture) the whole time feeling neglected. So I’m going to give it some attention tomorrow for the exam on Saturday after which I will be writing a proper, thought-out post that I haven’t done in a long while.

And now, drumroll! Behold a highly amateurish and slightly feeble, but high spirited new year’s wish video. Happy new year to all 🙂 , says she whose brain accepts itself to have become dysfunctional now that it’s almost 3 AM.


Why I Love Animated Movies

I absolutely love cartoons. And when I say that, I mean that I’m that one not-eight-year-old person who would beg someone to take her to the latest animated movie running in the theatres. Or just go by herself and enjoy every second of it amongst a bunch of noisy kids. Don’t mistake me when I say this because I especially love kids, but you can call the ones who interrupt the heart warming feeling of watching a sponge or aliens or a tiny little clownfish on the silver screen, their presence making every problem in the world go invisible, just plain annoying.

Since when I was a kid, I have loved reading books with doodles or drawn-in pictures with a smear of creativity on every two pages that lay open in front of my eyes. That’s where it started, I guess. I loved watching the places a person’s imagination could go just buy unrealistic, out of the world kind of an idea conveyance. Of course back then, I just thought that ‘The pig in the little dress is really cute’ or ‘ The guy really climbed all the way up the beanstalk! I want to too!’. Now I realise it stretches a bit farther in head where creative animation is a wonder. Still, being up to date with all the latest cartoons is my priority. As much as I want to be ‘grown up’ and watch the ‘in things’ that everyone talks about and consider you an outcast if you didn’t watch it, I always go back to my favourite cartoons at the end of the day.



As cartoons evolved from 2D artistic drawings to 3D mystical portrayals, the effect of it on my brain only intensified. This might sound a little far fetched, but somehow when I’m watching made up characters do things that I could have never imagined, I get a feeling that I can do anything I want to, only if I dared. This feeling could come through any other source to me, but that usually sets societal expectations in my head that I feel I’m obliged to meet if I want an honourable place in society.


Okay fine, you get it. But there are literally so many of ’em. I feel bad for leaving any of them out.

You would have probably even noticed this that I say the phrase ‘in my head’ way too many times to describe something (seriously Archana, stahp). Well, I think this is because my thoughts are metaphorically like a splatter of paint on the wall trying to convey something very artistically, but in the process become a little clouded on the comprehensibility part. It’s crazy because a lot of times I find it difficult to say what’s exactly on my mind and it comes out as a random series of words that makes very little sense (or just none to be honest) compared to what I think. Sort of like right now.

Watching a cartoon movie makes that incomprehensibility vanish and brings my horribly excited and sadly stuck thoughts some peace. I get a lot of mind space when I use an animated movie as a stress buster.

Now I know this is a never-ending team of words desperately trying to show themselves as what’s really inside my heart. Just bear with me for as long as these words are bold and strong. This love towards animation of mine is not an obsession that would fade away. It’s not an eccentric ‘cool factor’ that I want to add to my personality. It’s not something so trivial that I would banter on about to you for a bore and a half.
Here’s what it is. When I watch a movie, I’m one hundred percent doing it to escape from reality. Meaning, that for once I don’t want to care about the financial crisis or the ethical downslide that our society is in. Instead, I want to delve into a world of frivolity & fiction where every slide of visuals has uncountable beautiful things happening. Where logic or consequences aren’t primary, but fulfilling your heart and having a laugh are. Where every second is a creation, visually, and imaginatively. And do I even need to mention the songs, background music, subtle humour throughout, that leaves no place to not like an animated movie? These movies are sometimes worked upon for a whooping 5 years, with everything from the character introductions to the end credits on point.tumblr_mqq4xwZj551qfoqhmo2_500.jpg

The only other thing that gives me that getaway from this world where everything is never quite as what it seems, is writing.Which is why I thought this needed to be voiced through these beautiful little bits of text.
And I think it makes perfect sense to me.


You know that feeling when you blurt out all your feelings and feel really satisfied but awkward and stupid at the same time? That’s me on so many levels right now. But eh. *tries desperately to be nonchalant and just shrug it off*

But hey, just 1 week more for the premiere of The Good Dinosaur! *happy dance*