Stop motion video features laser cut figures dancing

There really isn’t a bad way to deal with being stuck inside, as long as you act responsibly and don’t endanger yourself or others. Don’t want to do anything but relax and unwind? Good for you. Do you feel better about being super productive? Go ahead and clean out the garage.

While there isn’t a “correct” option on quarantine, one of my favorite things to do in recent months has been looking at all the ways creatives have used their free time. This includes this wonderful new stop motion video made with wood cutouts. Together they form an elegant dance sequence.

Argentinian artist Fernando Livschitz from Black Sheep Films has created a wonderful stop motion short (which we first discovered at Laughing squid) using “over 800 wood cuts and images”. Entitled “Lost in Motions”, it shows a shimmering gold “dancer” performing incredible movements. He spins around the dance floor as he approaches the backing camera. An ever larger black wooden frame, eventually replaced by a circular red, surrounds it. And her catwalk comes alive to match her dance.

The end result is a visually stunning experience. And the backstage extras at the end make us appreciate it even more. It shows all of the delicate work – including the actual dance, multiple designs, laser cutting, painting, and animation – that went into creating what amounts to roughly 30 seconds of film.

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This video was produced as part of Visual fodderfrom the “Artists Locked Down” series. It celebrates the work of people around the world by showcasing some of the original artwork they created during their forties. Submissions range from weird and serene to timely and poignant.

Do these videos make me feel bad for not being more creative or productive in my 40s? Not at all. There is no “right” way to distance yourself socially.

And besides, I spent a ton of my time looking at all the cool things other people did. It was awesome.

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