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.
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.
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.