When Twitter first unveiled its six-second looping video product Vine earlier this year, nobody was quite sure what to do with it--but that didn’t stop people from doing all sorts of things. Vine has been applied as a new mechanism for film distribution. It’s been a pithy alternative to 30-second commercials for brands. And it’s served as an outlet for cinema-based memes. But for sheer entertainment value, one of the most effective applications of Vine has been for stop-motion animation.
Twitter video producer Ian Padgham has been pushing the medium forward recently with a series of boisterous stop-motion Vines, most of which feature a small wooden artist’s model. These videos are a clean, smooth rebuke to the often herky-jerky attempts from amateurs. Padgham has clearly mastered the difficult, no-mistakes-allowed shooting that the in-screen editing of Vine demands. Recently, he shared his tips for how to make the best six-second videos possible on a Vine blog post. Read his bits of Vine wisdom and see his work in the slide show above.