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Stick Match, a stop-motion animation

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What makes something look like fire? Is it the color? The heat? The sound? The movement and fluidity?

With a stick and some autumn leaves, animator William Crook strikes a match and produces a flame in Stickmatch. The illusion is created with a different leaf in each frame and completed with quickly shifting movement. From Colossal:

The sounds throughout the animation contain a mashup of crackling flames and crispy leaves rustling underneath feet. As the film plays, the miniature leaves dance to the “oxygen” around them, and the little twig becomes shorter and shorter until it’s no more.

Excellent DIY stop-motion inspiration.

Watch more videos about matchsticks next. Then watch more videos about fire on TKSST, including:
Yosemite’s glowing Firefall
• What is fire? Is it a solid, a liquid, or a gas?
• Match burning in slow motion
The Beauty of Flames

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