A Different Type of Project Video: Stopmotion

15 August 2019 | 22 Comments

If you’ve been reading my daily Tapestry design diary posts, you’re already familiar with the aesthetic of the game.

photo courtesy of Kim Euker

I worked with illustrator Andrew Bosley and sculptor Rom Brown to create this mostly-realistic-yet-slightly-whimsical style, largely inspired from the start by the fact that Rom sculpts miniatures out of clay by hand.

Due to this style, I wanted to try something a little different for the teaser trailer for the game. Usually I work with the very talented Josh McDowell to create an all-digital video, but for Tapestry, I turned to stopmotion animator Ben Doran.

The result is the video below, which I’m really happy with. Ben was a delight to work with. I sent him a script for a previous video and some highlights for Tapestry, as well as a pre-production copy of the game, and he took care of everything else (plus voiceover by Eric Summerer).

I’m sure this isn’t the first stopmotion video used to announce a new game, product, or project, and I’d love to hear about other examples in the comments. If you’re a creator, I think the takeaway here is that there are a variety of techniques that can be used to create a teaser trailer–there isn’t just one right way to do it.

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22 Comments on “A Different Type of Project Video: Stopmotion

  1. Love the stop motion video, it’s somethings a bit different and that always catches my eye and makes me pause to look. Stikfa-mations by Greg Cornell did a similar How to Play for our game Ghostel, and it makes it such an easy and above all entertaining watch.

  2. Another SM Game that maxes out at 5 players. With a regular group of 6 players, this makes it a hard sell for my group. Unless you’re already planning an expansion.

    1. “Another”? We have 9 games, and 7 of them play 6+. Yes, Wingspan and Tapestry currently only play up to 5 players, but that’s largely because adding a 6th player makes them too long for what they are.

  3. Great video, Jamey! I think the video reflects and highlights the artwork and components well. I appreciate how you think through all of the details, challenge the status quo, and then share your knowledge with others regardless of how the outcome affected you.

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