Teleportin’ Usa: Stop motion animator documents travels across America with incredible edit of him appearing to ‘teleport’ from state to state
During a cross-country trip across America, this stop-motion animator decided to document his travels with a special twist – and the result is incredible.
Traveling from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Ontario, in Canada, Kevin Parry, 31, seized an opportunity to make an adventure out of his arduous journey, by utilizing his filmmaking talents.
Making a number of stops along the way, Kevin seamlessly transports between iconic landmarks such as the Washington Monument and the Grand Canyon in his expertly-edited comedic skit, centered around the idea of “accidentally teleporting,” while trying to capture the perfect selfie.
Presenting one fluid sequence of movement on an ever-changing backdrop of scenery – from jumping to head scratching – the challenging project took more than three weeks to capture and required a great deal of precision on Kevin’s part in order to match his improvised movements exactly the same as the one before.
Admitting the idea for the video came in the spur of the moment, Kevin, who showcases his work on his Instagram page, @KevinBParry, said: “Surprisingly, I didn’t plan this video.
“I had an overall idea of what I wanted the story to be, but I improvised every time I filmed – mainly due to the fact I didn’t know where or how many locations I could film at.
“With the trip approaching, I wanted to create a video that captured our adventure and tied in all the locations we would visit.
“Having seen lots of videos like this before, instead of doing the same thing in every location, I wanted to have one performance carry out across the entire video.
“In every place I filmed, I would create an A-B performance and then match my pose in the next city.
“Matching the pose was the most difficult part.
“My trick for lining up each pose was to take a picture of the display with my cell phone as a reference.
“I always filmed much wider than I knew I’d use, so I could crop it and scale the footage in post-production.
“Also, being an animator, I know that 99 percent of the audience would be looking at my face – so as long as the face lines up properly, the body pose doesn’t need to be exact.
“The absolute highlight was seeing The Wave in Arizona – which is a super exclusive hike taking only 20 people per-day.
“Even though it’s just me in the video, my wife and I have so many memories now of each location.
“The video is less than two-minutes long, but whenever we watch it our entire trip comes running back to us – we love it.”
To see more of Kevin’s work, please visit: www.youtube.com/kevinparry