Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Amazing Stop-Motion Bookstore Video: How Many Titles Can You Spot?

Short film fans know that it’s usually toys that come to life after the shop closes up. At Type bookstore in Toronto, the books on the shelves have lives of their own after dark.

This short video ‘Joy of Books’ was made by art director Sean Ohlenkamp, who teamed with the bookstore to painstakingly create the stop motion effects over four nights.

‘Joy of Books’ has already gone viral (racking up 27,000 views in just one day), and part of the success seems to be its resonance with book lovers.

 The Joy of Books - Stop-Motion Bookshop Video

Part of the fun is in spotting book titles. Those who work around books will see titles, cover art, and even recognizable publishing imprints fly by.

These are some of the titles I’ve spotted. If you’re a fan of Where’s Waldo, you can try to check these off.

  • 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created
  • David Lynch’s Works on Paper
  • Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery
  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  • The Damned UTD by David Peace
  • The Anthology of Rap
  • The Veganomicon
  • Kraken by China Mieville
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • Moby Dick
  • Kenneth Silverman’s bio of John Cage

Does this mean we need to add a 26th reason to Why Real Books Are Here to Stay?

Did you spot any additional titles? Add them in the comments section.

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  1. That is amazing. I wonder if some computer wizardry was involved. I've done some stop motion stuff and know it can be very labor intensive, but to have all of those books moving and all is a whole lot of work if done by hand. Whatever it is though, the result is incredible.

    Wonder if that guy will enter an A to Z promo video in our video challenge?

    Have you heard about the A to Z Video Challenge?
    Blogging from A to Z

    1. I'm pretty sure it was all done by hand. The director and his wife did a simpler version at home with their own bookshelf first, and this apparently took them four days.

  2. This is fantastic! I love stop motion.

  3. The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes. Cool clip!
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    "Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

    1. Good eye! How did I miss Barnes? He's one of my faves.