Everyone loves a good stop motion video. Check out some seriously slick snowboard stop motion edits over the following pages and don't miss the 'paper shredder' one - pretty next level stuff!
Don't know what stop motion is? It's basically the art of making an otherwise inanimate object appear to move on its own using a series of independently shot still images, which are then played black very quickly. Don't get what we mean? Hit NEXT above and you'll get the idea pretty quick.
The technique has been popular with animators since the early 1900's and has more recently been used to create entire (predominantly children's) films including Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run.
Stop motion has made it into snowboarding on several different occasions with varying levels of success. Check out some of the best ones:
TB1 Claymation (1989)
Standard Films released 'TB1' waaay back in 1989 and you may (or may not) remember that it contained one of the first ever snowboard-themed stop motion segments.
The claymation bonus section, featuring malleable versions of Shawn Farmer and Nick Perata was nothing short of epic, and involved clay snow sharks, zombies and much more weirdness that personified many of the snowboard flicks in the late 80s and early 90s.
We can only imagine how long this whole thing took to put together and it’s little surprise that the ‘to be continued’ at the end of the clip was never fulfilled in TB2. Hat’s off though – a quarter of a century on and this thing is still damn entertaining.
Steak and Lobster Claymation (1996)
Steak and Lobster dropped back in '96 and featured guys like Kevin Jones, John Sommors, Chris Roach, Todd Richards, Joni Makinen and more, hucking wild 720s, eating Steak and Lobster, and being all-round party-wrecking badasses.
We'd personally recommend avoiding speaking to anyone who was snowboarding at this time as you won't hear the end of how 'it was way better back then'. It probably was, but that's a whole other debate.
Anyway, Steak and Lobster featured a bunch of epic claymation sections fantastically titled 'the adventures of Pro Bob and Scul Bro'. You can catch them at the 19.21, 26.09 and 35.17 marks. Funny stuff!
Volcom Enscramble Claymation (2006)
The Volcom snowboard movies have always been badass, combining punk rock imagery with edgy cinematography, innovative concepts and amazing riding.
Enscramble dropped in 2006 and featured guys like Bjorn Leines, Terje Haakonsen, Shaun White, Gigi Ruff, Bryan Iguchi and Jamie Lynn doing their thing, and the intro for the movie was one of the trippiest, down right weirdest claymation stop motions we've ever seen.
Take a look and you'll see what we mean: skinned wild boars, decapitated snow giants and more adorn the start of this full-blown Volcom classic, with a few more awesome claymation segments littered throughout.
Rough Snowboards Stop Motion (2010)
For their second promotional video back in 2010, Rough Snowboards didn't have much usable footage and decided to go the stop motion route instead.
After heading into the mountains with team rider Matteo Ferraris and shooting a bunch of sequences, they printed and cut them all out over the course of 3 whole days and shot new sequences over 2 further days in their studio.
The final result was definitely worth the effort, with a miniature rider coming to life on their desk with no extra special effects required.
And if you thought this one was cool, be sure to check out the Paper Shredder edit on the following page...
Paper Shredder Edit (2013)
This 'Paper Shredder' edit continued the cut-out sequence theme in 2013, introducing a load of different snowboard-related props, a huge variety of camera angles and some seriously slick creative vision and sequence planning.
The whole thing involved 713 individual snowboard photos, over 246 hours of production time, and as far as snowboard stop motion edits go, is definitely up there with the best.
Lego Snowboarding (2014)
At the tail end of last year, and no doubt inspired by 'The Lego Movie' (which we can highly, highly recommend to anyone - yes, even grown-ups...), our sister site Mpora commissioned this excellent lego snowboarding edit.
We're not going to spoil what goes down in the edit, but if you've ever enjoyed playing with little coloured plastic bricks as a child and currently enjoy sliding over snow on pieces of wood and plastic, we think you'll find something to enjoy here.
Bonus: Pingu vs. Jake Blauvelt's Backcountry
In an inspired piece of internet mash-up gold-dust, Pingu (aka Nicolas Müller) goes snowboarding with his good mate Mr. Jake Blauvelt.
With some powder slashes, backcountry booters, and a couple of heavy slams, it's safe to say that infinite potential was definitely reached. Nice one Nico.
For more winter-themed penguin amazeball-ness, be sure to watch Pingu invent the rocker ski too (he didn't even steal it from snowboarding).