Stop-motion is making a comeback these days, thanks in large part to the mobile video app Vine. So what are sci-fi fans doing with this nifty new tool?
Mostly being snarky, and making awesome little homages to their favorite sci-fi and fantasy films. From Harry Potter to Prometheus, no target is safe from the stop-motion-styled, 6-second video craze.
With all the crazy CGI and effects we have these days, itâs easy to forget how effective the classic frame-by-frame stop-motion style can be. Inspired by Bryan Singerâs recent WTF set video from X-Men: Days of Future Past, weâve pulled together 12 of the coolest and quirkiest amateur sci-fi clips out there.
Check them out and let us know which is your favorite:
âI think itâs obvious what you are, Harry ...â
One of the most creative clips out there, this one is the perfect example of the cool things you can do with the power of stop-motion and a whole lot of effort.
A hilariously low-budget attempt at a sci-fi series. Part He-Man, part WTF. All awesome.
Like low-budget claymation (poop-mation?), this 6-second tidbit follows the journey of a poop dinosaur climbing out of the toilet. Just trust us, itâs funny.
âDeuchamp v. Crab Men!â
A throwback to the pulpy, classic sci-fi days of the genre. Itâs strange, but fun.
âLil Paranormal Activity going on hereâ
Another great example of all the inventive stuff you can do with stop-motion-style video. It totally works, and the low-budget feel only adds to the creepiness.
âNew Prometheus 2 trailerâ
Simple. Elegant. Snarky. This clip pokes fun at Ridley Scottâs mostly panned Prometheus, and sets up a teaser that could, probably, be similar to something the writers cooked up. Â
âClaylien Teleporting Powersâ
A fun little short about a green goo alien teleporting around the scene. Simple, but cute.
âAsian Supermanâs identity REVEALED last night?â
One of the best superhero shorts, this one takes advantage of the stop-motion style to peel back the identity of everyoneâs favorite Asian hero: Asian Superman!
âRyker and Troi discover a stranger blue boxâ
How can you beat a Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover, made with action figures and a small TARDIS collectible? Oh, if only this episode could happen for real.
âSo I met my cloneâ
Probably playing on the recent BBC America series Orphan Black, this little clip is a fun, snarky twist on the sci-fi clone trope.
âMy favorite movie Aliens directed by James Cameronâ
An excellent, brief homage to one of the most iconic scenes from the sci-fi classic Aliens. Stop-motion makes this knife trick a whole lot safer to shoot than the live way.
âAlexander Lifeforce 3/3 People of Earth, Iâve made a huge mistake"
An animated sci-fi adventure. This little scene features some sharp artwork to tell a mini sci-fi tale.