“Paper Shredder” is a new stop animation snowboard film by brothers Paul and Stephan Gemignani that has been causing quite the buzz on the Internet for showcasing a fresh way to edit snowboard movies. The short edit clocks in at just over two minutes but is filled with incredible riding that takes place in an urban setting–so urban, it actually happens in an apartment in a city, without a single flake of snow present.
How can that be possible?
Enter the editing technique of stop animation, a process that manipulates still objects to make them look as if they move on their own. In order to create this effect, an object must be photographed in multiple places sequentially, then edited together to create the illusion of movement. No doubt a tedious process that takes a strong vision and plenty of patience.
In the film’s description on Gemignani’s Vimeo page, the project is said to have taken 246 hours to make from start to finish, which, according to the description, was, “a very SLOW process. It was challenging at times, but came together in the end.”
Paper Shredder is one of the first stop animation snowboard films ever to surface, and given the interest this edit has already received, many wonder if more snowboard films of this genre will soon surface.
Take a peek at the intriguing edit above.