101 Yeahs by Ryan Junell and Phillip Niemeyer

A masterpiece of timing and movement in four letters, 101 Yeahs is directed and animated by Ryan Junell and Phillip Niemeyer. The shocker: discovering that it’s created under-camera. Filmmakers say, “Dirty and old school. Stop motion animation of letters of four sizes silkscreened on transparency. The letters are backlit by a lightboard.” The proof is on Flicker.

(via Motionographer)


  • owlathome

    This reminded me of some old Sesame Street clips, really fun idea! Loved the Howard Dean scream at about 1:25.

  • http://www.rauchbrothers.com Tim Rauch

    These are the same folks who did the “I Got Your Cherry Bomb” video… Always beautiful work!

  • Tim Schuit

    Well, I can appreciate the time and effort it took to make this considering it wasn’t done on a computer, but it’s not really that entertaining and it’s far from a masterpiece. Overall, an interesting concept that gets fairly boring after a while.

  • http://doubletriple.net Phillip Niemeyer

    I agree with Tim Shuit and I co-directed the piece. “Yeah” is an intereting concept but can get boring after awhile — we thought about cutting it into two films, but had to move on to paying work.

    It does help to have a conversation with the film. Pause the quicktime and ask it, “You want to Party?” Then push play…

    Or, “Do you think I’m sexy?”

    Or, “Was this film fun to make?”

    It really was an experiment and an excuse to hang out. We’re happy that anyone watches it all. Best and thanks for the eyes.

  • Sprat

    How is using a digital camera “old school?” :)

  • http://doubletriple.net Phillip Niemeyer

    Technically, it’s not “old school” if old school means real film on a multi plane camera or something Disney-esque. I was just typing late at night when I wrote that comment. I cannot defend dropping that slang, you got me. My bad.

    That said, the time and expense of shooting on film would make a self-initiated experimental stop motion piece completely unreasonable. Digital SLRs allow an almost 1970s optical quality but more and faster. The ability to shoot many frames, quick and cheap outweighs the warmth that may come from actual film. It’s the optical qualities of the lens that’s important to us, ultimately, and the fact that computer time is minimized as much as possible.

    The dirty I can back up: the motion comes from unwashed human hands on messy letters, the camera moves are from a rickity tripod and the blurs come from our inability to focus after drinking a couple of beers.

  • http://www.thedavecartershow.com Dave Carter

    YEAH Ryan and Phillip! Great job. I’d love to see you guys approach this concept (with images) in the next music video! In your flicker set, you have a TV next to the tripod; are you guys using a lunchbox?

  • purin

    That made me smile.

  • http://www.hunteachother.com Max W.

    Yeah it LOOKS like it was shot under the camera! Looks great, very cool.

  • Tim Schuit

    Hey Phillip,

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing a little about the film :)

  • http://doubletriple.net Phillip Niemeyer

    I love the discourse, knowledge and enthusiasm on this blog and appreciate being included.

    Tim, just for you, I recut the film as a three-frame animated gif. Enjoy.

    http://www.doubletriple.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/yeah_3frameA3_612.gif

  • http://doubletriple.net Phillip Niemeyer

    And Dave, the old T.V. is used as a monitor. Not sure what you mean by lunchbox.

  • Tim Schuit

    Haha thanks Phillip ;)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/ariville Ariel

    Wow.. impressive.

    Especially since you probably could have done this in half the time on a computer.

    Even so, gotta admire the hard work and vision here.