We were mesmerized by his video and it seems like you are too! We caught up with Eran Amir, the creator of 500 People in 100 Seconds to ask him some questions we thought you might want answered. We also shared all your comments with him. Read after the jump for what he has to say!
We wanted to get you the fresh scoop from the creator of 500 People in 100 Seconds so we sent him a link to your comments and asked him some questions.
What is your name and where do you live?
My name is Eran Amir and I live in Jerusalem, Israel.
What do you do for a living and is the same thing you do for fun?
I am on a short break between working, travelling and studying.
In any case, can you tell me a little bit about the project?
The project was made in two parts, the video part and the animation part. I got the inspiration while listening to the CD ‘Malinkovec’, by the Balkan group ‘Maxmaber Orkestar’. I met Max Jurcev (a member of the group and the composer of the song I used in my video) during a trip around Europe last February. I couldn’t stop listening to one specific song from the album, and from the first moment I knew I wanted to make a video for that song. The song has a somewhat theatrical or circus-like feeling to it, and that’s where I got the ideas for the inner video.
Where did the inspiration for the video come from?
Being a hardcore Youtube fan since pretty much the moment the site was created, the stop-motion trend sweeping the Internet didn’t miss me. Two major influences were videos made by BLU and PES. There is something inherently awesome in the effects you can achieve using this technique, without the need to use expensive equipment (just a LOT of hard work, sweat and tears).
How did you manage to have a stop motion within a stop motion?
The common misconception that my video is a ‘stop motion inside a stop motion’ is actually somewhat incorrect! I filmed the ‘inside’ part on video, then extracted all the frames and printed them out (1,600+ pictures). The box of pictures weighed in at 15 kilos. After that came the hard part…. Approaching the first random guy on the street was way harder than I imagined. For the first two days I just wandered around town hopelessly and didn’t dare to speak to anybody. I decided that the next day I wouldn’t go home until 10 people in a row refused to have a picrure taken. After I passed that first psychological barrier, I averaged 50 people a day, completing the project in 10 days. I must say that after learning the best way to approach people (it was like a crash course in social psychology) almost 95% agreed to have their pictures taken. (Important tip: DO NOT ask people ‘Have you got a minute?’ before starting to explain what it is that you want…). After 5 days of shooting I actually got Tonsilitis from walking too much in the sun and talking all day. That held the project back 5 long and painful days. Editing was not as hard as people think: Basically throwing all the pictures in consecutive order and adding the music and a few sound effects. The key was in the meticulous planning beforehand, making sure that everything would fit perfectly to the rhythm. I did not use a green screen at any stage of the project. All the pictures are exactly as I took them, no tricks!
We showed Eran the blog post where you commented, and here is what he had to say: “Yes I saw the blog post and the wonderful comments, it’s great!”