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Oh My Gourd, a Halloween stop motion pumpkin carving experiment

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Cleaning the sloppy, seedy insides of a pumpkin out to make a Jack-o-lantern can be a lot of work. Imagine doing this with so many pumpkins that you’re able to create a stop-motion short! Sean Ohlenkamp, Rob Popkin, and some friends did exactly that to create Oh My Gourd, this Halloween stop-motion pumpkin carving experiment.

Dozens upon dozens upon dozens of pumpkins were cut, gutted, rotated, scraped, poked, slapped, and banged to make this stop-motion animation and the music that bring it to life. It took a few years – pumpkins rot, schedules get busy – but we loved discovering the methods that worked and the many that didn’t.

Many pumpkins were photographed twice. First as a nicely lit, carving-free plate. Then again after carving our designs and removing the top or back so we could insert a light. The two were then composited together to remove the lighting equipment. We re-used pumpkins where we could (fronts and backs and sometimes sides) but that wasn’t always possible.

Next: Carving a spooky goblin face, a 3D pumpkin time lapse, LEGO In Real Life: Making toast and eggs in stop motion, Magic Clay stop motion, and more Halloween videos.

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