The Peak of Stop Motion

Following in the footsteps of people like Albert Smith, Willis O’Brien and Ray Harryhausen just to name a few, various animators have made their mark on their mark on the film industry.

Some by devising improved methods, such as Frenchman Georges Méliès creating what is known as the first true stop motion, or Helena Smith Dayton’s use of clay, and Phil Tippett’s Go Motion. Others by adding a personal touch, or spending numerous hours producing results so perfect, making inanimate objects appear lifelike.

Although stop motion is more than just the simulated movement of inanimate objects, but also the art of creation and effects which together are able to tell a story.

I personally feel that during David Allen’s career stop motion reached its limits of improvement. I also feel that since then the art of stop motion has actually lost devotion and realism. Not to mention the coming of 3D CGI in 1982, which could be considered when the need for any practical use of stop motion began to be eliminated.

One might say, by the time of David Allen’s death, the advancements in stop motion had reached their peak.