We’ve been having these Stop Motion Sundays for a while now, but before we proceed any further, have you ever wondered how the first stop-motion animated films looked like?
Stop motion animation has been around since the early 1900s, where artists used the technique to show objects moving as if by magic. One of the pioneers on this field was the Russian photographer and entologist Wladislaw Starewicz.
The stars of his early stop-motion films are unlikely – he uses real insects such as beetles, dragonflies and grasshoppers, which he controls using wires and sealing wax, and directs them in meticulously-made miniature sets.
In fact, one of his early masterpieces The Cameraman’s Revenge (1912) tells an amusing story of a beetle couple who are both involved on extramarital affairs with a dragonfly cabaret dancer and another beetle artist.