“Pas de Fruit” is a stop-motion dance of fruit: a banana, an apple, and some grapes.
It is #36 of my #100videoclips project and my sixth stop motion video in the project.
There are dozens if not hundreds of fun and interesting stop motion animation on the web, but here is a nice simple one from a few years ago:
Fruit and vegetables are often a great choice for stop-motion animation: They’re visually interesting and detailed, they’re an easy size to manipulate, and they are usually readily available.
What I Did
My basic stop motion process is the same as I explained in my first stop-motion video of this series, the “Woodsy Stop Motion and Hyperlapse” video.
(The setup above is for the “Logo Animation.”)
I tried to move the fruit the tiniest amount each time to get a fluid motion, and I think it worked fairly well. The video was originally edited at 24 frames per second, but then I slowed it down 50%, or to 12 fps, so it wouldn’t go by so quickly.
The eating was the most interesting challenge, since I wanted the fruit to magically disappear a bite at a time without distracting shifts of position.
For the banana, I just broke pieces off with my fingers. They don’t look exactly like bites, but it goes by quickly. I didn’t want to pick it up because I wanted the peel position to move smoothly, and I didn’t think I could get it back into the proper position each time.
For the apple, I had to pick it up to bite it every time, so I tried to be careful about putting it back in a similar place and orientation as when I picked it up.
For the grapes, I tried picking off a grape, biting it in half, and then sticking it back more or less in place without any other means of support. That didn’t work so well, so after a couple of grapes, I just started plucking them off and eating them a whole grape at a time.
I consumed all of my props in real time. The grapes were great and the banana was OK, but the apple wasn’t the best: kind of mealy and wormy. It was so tiny and cute, though, so that made up for it.