I recently helped my friend Lea Redmond over at Leafcutter Designs make a cute little stop motion animation for her World’s Tiniest Post Service.

I don’t think the promotion is still available, but the tiny letters and packages, not to mention many other goodies, are still available over at her site.

We began by making a test animation of a self-assembling mailbox, to get a feel for what was possible. For the final shoot, we used an ancient web cam, multiple lamps to control the lighting, and staged part of Lea’s studio as a backdrop. Below is an image of the final rig and stage we used for the animation. Making the animation was loads of fun!

Stopmotion rig


3 Responses to Magic Mailbox

  1. John Murphy says:

    Hey, how are you? Haven’t heard from you in a while!

    The funny thing is, I was just the other day thinking back to those Lego videos and looking up stop-motion video techniques.

    (Also: have ordered from Leafcutter Designs before. Love their stuff)

  2. Chaim Gingold says:


    Great to hear from you. :^) Yeah, the Leafcutter stuff is fabulous.

    I was thinking of you recently. Let’s chat on the phone soon. My number hasn’t changed in a while, and hopefully yours is the same, too.

  3. naomi says:

    ok. soooo apparently, one must click on the individual entries to leave messages. … I was on the main page trying to leave a message. (Without much success as you can imagine ^^;)

    and your new site rocks!

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