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Here's How to Make a 3-D Printed Stop Motion Music Video

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire February 25, 2014 at 3:12PM

Australian electronic band, Cut/Copy, along with directors Masa Kawmura, Qanta Shimizu and Aramique Krauthamer, teamed up with BitTorrent to release their "We Are Explorers" video -- which, as far as we know, is the first 3D-printed music video.
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Australian electronic band, Cut/Copy, along with directors Masa Kawmura, Qanta Shimizu and Aramique Krauthamer, teamed up with BitTorrent to release their "We Are Explorers" video -- which, as far as we know, is the first 3D-printed music video. But, wait, it gets even cooler.

The BitTorrent Bundle for We Are Explorers- 3D Printed Video, includes the finished music video as well as a frame-by-frame guide to stop-motion shooting, plus copies of the 3D print files for each character in the film so that you can actually recreate the video and reshape the narrative in your own style. According to the Bundle, "this is an open call for exploration," so try it at home and experiment.

"We hope people enjoy the film, the music, the figurines and the process that went into making it. Hopefully people print the figurines, play with them, shoot them, make new storylines we didn’t think of, take them to places we couldn’t, and share whatever they do with everyone so we can enjoy the process together," the directors said on the BitTorrent blog.

Read More: Forget Piracy, Here's How BitTorrent Wants to Work with Filmmakers

Since 2011, BitTorrent has collaborated with artists, inventors, studios, labels and distributors to build the new publishing platform. Partially to change its piracy-tinged reputation and also to demonstrate the possibilities of the BitTorrent protocol for content creators and publishers, BitTorrent has recently partnered with high-profile filmmakers and distributors of documentaries "The Act of Killing" and "The Crash Reel" on BitTorrent bundles. In both cases, the bundles provide background information on the film projects along with exclusive material (interviews, videos, photographs, etc.).

BitTorrent Bundle was designed to support free speech and open creativity; using decentralized technology to protect digital artifacts from being destroyed or censored. Previous BitTorrent Bundles include the Madonna-directed "secretprojectrevolution," which launched  "Art For Freedom," an online global initiative to support freedom of expression, and "The Lady Gaga Bundle."

This article is related to: BitTorrent, Filmmaker Toolkit: Distribution, Music Video, Music Videos