This is what a 3D printed video looks like

There was once a time when the rise of CG animation (opens in new tab) led to predictions that traditional animation techniques like stop motion would eventually wither away and die.

But despite (or perhaps because of) lacking the smooth movement and perfect lines of digital, stop motion seems to go from strength to strength, and artists continue to find new and interesting takes on the artform. And here's a great example.

For their latest song 'We are Explorers', electronic band Cut Copy teamed up with directors Masa Kawamura, Qanta Shimizu and Aramique Krauthamer to created this stop-motion music video featuring around 200 3D-printed figurines created using Cinema 4D (opens in new tab).

And if you want to continue the story yourself, you can download the 3D files for free, print them and re-imagine the narrative with your own stop-motion creation here (opens in new tab).

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Tom May is an award-winning journalist and editor specialising in design, photography and technology. Author of the Amazon #1 bestseller Great TED Talks: Creativity (opens in new tab), published by Pavilion Books, Tom was previously editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. Today, he is a regular contributor to Creative Bloq and its sister sites Digital Camera World, T3.com and Tech Radar. He also writes for Creative Boom and works on content marketing projects.