“Var jeg en vind” by Jan Rune Blom

Among the many fine people I met at the Fredrikstad Animation Festival in Norway last year was stop motion artist Jan Rune Blom. He promised to send me a link to this music video for singer Helene Bøksle when he was done with it. He didn’t let me down.

After the singer was filmed, the stills were transferred onto paper, cut out, and shot as stop motion. He tells me:

There are no digital effects or digital post production on the piece. Everything was shot on a Canon 300D SLR camera, and all pictures were imported into Final Cut for editing.I really like working with a lot of analog details and solutions. And I like the “analog feeling” of the end product. My brother Tor Harald Blom made the original 2D illustrations of trees and animals. Everything else I did myself. I spent like seven to eight months working on this.

These behind-the-scene pics on Jan’s blog give a hint of the painstaking work that went into making this piece. The results are lovely.


  • Mitch Kennedy

    That was really amazing!

  • Jip

    Even though After Effects and the likes are great, you can still see the difference between hand made and computer made!
    So it was definitely worth the time:D

  • http://www.leobridlefilms.co.uk Leo

    I can definitley appreciate the hard work in this – having just spent about a year working on a film with a similar cutout characters technique. My favourite part of this video is actually the light moving through the loft window, very nice.

  • Acetate

    Excellent. Also kudos to Leo, your film was very nice as well. I worked with the same technique years back. Maybe we should start our own club !
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTSNyLShdYk

  • Scott Roberts

    It’s a beautiful animation, does the attempt to be analog make it any better? It was shot with a digital camera and put together in Final Cut. Wouldn’t it have been twice as good if it had been edited on film with glue and tape?

    Analog vs. digital snobbery is silly. Digital can be crafted with just as much attention to every frame, and just as much hard work.

  • Moe

    There is nothing on this earth like stop-motion.

  • http://www.janruneblom.com Jan Rune Blom

    Thank you all for the nice comments:)

    ..and to Scott Roberts, I agee, analog vs. digital snobbery is silly.
    Analog tools and digital tools are just that, tools, It is all about telling a story, feeling or moods.
    on this production there is three reason I have did what I did.

    1- I really like the craft, like to work with physical objects, and when working for months, you gotta like the process, of course you can be only into result, but then it would be a struggle to get there.

    2-I`ll guess that have connection with nr. 1, I don`t use the software needed to do like 3D animation, have tried a bit maya and zbrush, but was not comfortable with it.

    3- The song is quite classical, and the artist signs alot of old folk music, The idea was to go into a pop-up book in a girls room, and go into a secret world with lots of small details. I want to make her a living paper character inside the book, and I want the organic feeling, so why don`t just use the real thing. I was thinking of using a bit post , stabilizing picture and exposure, and maybe removing supports. But I actually don`t think that would added anything to the film. I am really satisfied with the way it looks, I like you can see how it is made, the crudeness of reality…

    …and for me it is still a bit magic…

    …I know digital is just as much work, and just as creative as stop-motion, it is just about different tools. and using the right tools for the job. I just watch “UP”, a brilliant fantastic movie, everything is about telling a story, use creativity and a lot of hard work not matter which tools you use.

    PS: and No, it would`t be twice as good with film, glue and tape, for me thats not the right tools…
    Thank you for your comment, hope this was an answer.

    jan rune blom

  • Scott Roberts

    Hi Jan,

    You should definitely be satisfied with the looks, it’s beautiful. I think the best results come from using the methods you’re most attracted to. It isn’t possible to devote that much work to it if you don’t love what you’re doing.

    It’s the end result that really matters. If someone is inspired and makes an animation in a style similar to yours, but manages to do it digitally, then it would be a marvel that they were able to pull it off. Having been fooled often enough on the digital/analog thing, it’s entirely possible. For example, “A VOLTA” does a damned good job of simulating the texture of stop-motion: http://boingboing.net/2009/06/09/bb-video-a-volta-fro.html

    I recently watched the making of segments on the Coraline disc, and it was crazy sometimes how far they bent over backwards to avoid using CGI. It didn’t seem like Sellick’s experiments with integrating the two forms in James and the Giant Peach detracted from the film.

    Keep up the great animation!
    Scott