Stop-motion animator Kenta Shinohara (Rilakkuma and Kaoru) has gone viral before through making animations with video game and anime figurines. His latest work is a step-up in ambition and complexity: Recreating the iconic Akira motorcycle scene with stop-motion animation.
— 篠𠩤健太 Animist (@shinohara_kenta) September 5, 2021
His video on YouTube breaks down exactly how the smoke effects and sounds were achieved (hint: it involves a lot of cotton). He also wrote the following comment about his process in the video description:
Shotaro Kaneda’s figure was big as a foot. For shooting stop motion, it’s easier to handle when the figure is bigger. However, the motorcycle was heavy, so I had a hard time making a wheelie. The headlight is powered by battery, and lights up. What made it complicated was that it automatically turned off in five minutes.
I used not only the table, but also the floor to complete this shoot. I was crouching most of the time, so it was tiring than the other shoots I’ve taken. I used a supporter for my knees to protect it from getting wounded.
As an amusing little sequel to the video, Shinohara created a short sequence a week later showing My Neighbor Totoro‘s Mei attempt at pulling off the motorcycle skid with her toy bicycle.
— 篠𠩤健太 Animist (@shinohara_kenta) September 12, 2021
Also be sure to check out Shinohara’s Note.mu page, where he posts detailed breakdowns of how he’s able to create stop-motion animation with his figures.
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