Monte Isom Uses Nikon D3s For Stop Motion Video In NYC
Monte Isom had one of the most populars videos on Fstoppers back in February. Well he is back with a fun stop motion video for NYC comedian Colin Kane. Monte filmed this entire video on the Nikon D3s with just a few Litepanel 1×1 bicolor constant lights. The final video was made with 14,000 still images to create the final 90 second promo. Check out the behind the scenes video and the final promo below. You can also read Monte’s own words on how he approached this shoot below both videos.
Behind The Scenes:
Monte Isom on Colin Kane’s 90 second stop motion promo:
When comedian Colin Kane said he wanted to do a promo video Moose Herd Creatives Jim Kamoosi and Laura Wing-Kamoosi stepped up with an idea to create a rolling environment that features Kane walking through a night in his life. The technique that was chosen was an editing heavy stop motion animation. I used the Nikon d3 as it is a full frame chip but still has an 11 fps motor drive. I mounted it in stereo with a Canon 5d markII that was filming video in case the technique we were attempting didn’t work out. Due to the fantastic editing of Jim Kamoosi we didn’t use a single second of video footage in the final piece. 14,000 stills later we have a 90 second spot.
To achieve consistent lighting for Colin’s walk through the frames we had an assistant tracking the subject for each dolly shot at a fixed distance with a Litepanel 1×1 bi color. On camera right we used a Lowel DP unfiltered to match the tungsten light of the existing street lights. A few shots were supplemented with a Litepanel micro to open up the shadows a bit. The changing color balance of each location adds to the effect of the changing backgrounds. Hope it is as fun to watch as it was to make.