Stop Motion animation has been enchanting audiences for over a century and there are many sources of information on the internet about the creativity that goes into each and every frame. The beautiful animation and images of the handcrafted puppets and sets are shared across the world. This page looks at those pages and articles that focus specifically on the cinematography and gives a little glimpse into what goes on behind the lens and helps bring to life those beautiful cinematic scenes.
Laura Howie talks to Zerb Magazine (Summer 2023) about the creativity and technicality that goes into stop motion cinematography.
Dave Alex Riddett BSC and David Sproxton CBE talk to British Cinematographer about the iconic stop motion music video for Peter Gabriel’s ‘Sledgehammer’. Read about it here.
Pinocchio directors Guillermo del Toro and Mark Gustafson break down the film’s stunning stop-motion animated scenes and explain how they were able to achieve their creative vision , with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and additional insight from actor Gregory Mann (Pinocchio). Frank Passingham, Director of Photography, talks about his approach to the cinematography.
In this article for ‘Befores and Afters’ Frank Passingham talks about his approach to lighting ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio‘ and how he achieved this through moving lights . It is part of an interesting’ and in depth, three part series about the film.
Cinematographer Frank Passingham Invented New Stop-Motion Techniques for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Cinematographer Frank Passingham talks to Paste Magazine about the innovative techniques he used on ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’.
Cinematographer Frank Passingham tells IndieWire about being inspired by Gordon Willis and Russell Metty, and bringing a naturalism to a stop-motion world.
Frank Passingham, Director of Photography on Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, talks about his approach to the films cinemaotgraphy.
Cinematographers don’t often get mentioned in mainstream reviews so it’s great to see the Director of Photography from ‘Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio’, Frank Passingham, getting mentioned in Mark Kermode’s review in the Guardian. It describes how he directed his crew to ‘The Godfather’ and ‘The Godfather Part II’ for lighting references.
Michel Amado Carpio talks about working with Frank Passingham, Director of Photography, as one of then five cinematographers working on Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio.
Behind the Animation, Peter Sorg talks about his approach to lighting ‘Wendell & Wild’.
Dave Alex Riddett talks to ‘your take’ about the inspirations and choices that have led him to a four decade long career in cinematography.
Pete Kozachik looks back on the work he did for The Nightmare Before Christmas in an article for American Cinematographer magazine.