How I Made This: Creepy Stanley Hotel Stop Motion
The Stanley Hotel is located in Estes Park, Colorado and is the inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining, which makes it the perfect subject for some creepy content.
The shots for this stop motion were taken from the rear of the hotel, behind its main entrance, from the top step by the gate leading out to a parking lot.
I took this first shot simply thinking it would be good and creepy, but it wasn’t until the path we were walking on wrapped back around and crossed the stairway again that I got the idea for this stop motion.
I ran back up the stairs and took the following photo progressions:
I knew before I shot the last shots that I wanted the speed of the stop motion to start slow, increase quickly and blink before coming into focus again, then go black.
I have to grab the last two shots fast because people were coming and I was looking like a weirdo, but I’m glad I got ‘em.
I edited the photos from RAW files in Lightroom before pulling them over to Premier. I left the first frame sit for about a second before, sped up the next five, cut up the seventh shot—leaving black space—and put the eighth shot right up next to the last cut of the seventh shot and then let it play to black.