In Dutch we have a saying ‘Met minimale middelen, het maximale bereiken’. Would the English equivalent be ‘making the most out of nothing’? Anyway, it’s always been a way for me to make and do things. Not out of laziness, but out of lack of skills or materials. I’ve always loved this approach, I believe it helps my creativity! I also find it very inspiring when other people work this way, I love learning from that.
When I made my first stopmotion (for artschool), I didn’t know how to do it and I didn’t know anyone who could help me. So I just took a bunch of pictures, uploaded them into iPhoto, made a slideshow, turned on a song in iTunes, and taped my screen with my camera. That was very much a case of making the most out of nothing, and I’ve been working that way since.
Unfortunately, I can’t find that first stopmotion anywhere, but nonetheless I still think about it sometimes. Mostly when people tell me they can’t do this or that because they don’t have the proper (expensive) equipment. That’s the moment when I think of my first stopmotion, think of all the things I made after that first ‘film’ and I tell them to be creative. There are so many ways to get where you want to be, to get what you want! And (not that I’d compare myself to him, but I’m just saying) do you really think Anton Corbijn needs a very expensive camera to make a decent picture? It’s what’s inside you that really matters. After all, a monkey can use the most expensive camera in the world, but it’ll always be a monkey with a camera!
Talking of a monkey with a camera, here’s (I think) the second little film I ever made, also for artschool (so it’s almost ten years old). I’d like to believe I’ve come a long way since then…