The team at Syrp adds a stop motion feature to its motion control Genie 2 App.
Genie has always been an exciting product for me. I do not personally own it, but I like how Syrp has taken complicated motion control and democratized it, so you don't have to work at a million-dollar studio to get into the tech. I'm based out of Portland, OR, which is known as a stop motion and motion control Mecca, so I understand how much money motion control costs on a high level. There new stop motion feature seems like the next step in bringing motion control to independent productions.
The new app feature allows you to set your motion keyframes, frame rate, and then trigger the camera frame by frame. The app also allows you to go back to a specific frame and redo it. That feature is essential to making quality stop motion films. You can do this with any device that works with the app.
To show off the new feature, the team at Syrp created a brand film and a BTS tutorial of how they created the brand film. The film is a conceptual story of a creator using syrup products in a studio; around them, painted murals appear out of nowhere. Each scene is stitched together seamlessly, going from the forest to the city and ending in the desert. The tutorial gives us a BTS look into the creative and technical processes. The video does a great job of illustrating how much thought and time goes into a stop motion project. One of my favorite quotes from the BTS video is "13 hours in, and we have shot 10 seconds." This is a 30-second ad, and I will let you do the math.
The app does lack a way to onion skin. For those who don't know, onion skinning is a way for animators to line up their last shot with their next shot. To do this, they used Dragon Frame and a second camera for reference. Dragon Frame is a stop motion animation software that controls the camera, motion control, lighting, and enables onion skinning. Maybe a solution for this will come in a future upgrade to the Genie 2 App. Later in the video, they review post production and talk about how to shoot a clean plate for removing unwanted objects from the scene.
I like this update, and I’m very excited to see what else Syrp does to appeal to the stop motion market segment.