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Animating a Jack-o-Lantern, from cute to chilling

From designing to carving to photographing and editing, animator Kevin Parry walks us through how he animated a series of carved pumpkins as a stop-motion challenge. Watch him transform over a dozen holiday gourds into an animated Jack-o-lantern who makes a Halloween transformation of its own—from cute to chilling.

kevin parry carving
Favorite carving tip in the video: Taping the paper to the pumpkin, poking holes along the line and then carefully carving the design with a smaller, more precise knife.

pumpkin stencil
shooting the pumpkin
light and dark jack

And here’s the final result. Sinister laugh included.


Related browsing: If you’re looking to level up your carving skills, this highly-rated pumpkin carving kit looks amazing.

Previously: Carving a scary goblin face, a 3D pumpkin time lapse, how to make scary pumpkin teeth, growing a 1,223 pound pumpkin from seed to scale in time lapse, and more pumpkin videos.

Don’t have a pumpkin? Carve a turnip.

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