Hand-Painted, Stop Motion Vine Pays Tribute to The Banner Saga

Hand-Painted, Stop Motion Vine Pays Tribute to The Banner Saga

Artist and game developer Josh "Thistler" Salmon recreated the world of Stoic Studio's The Banner Saga in a beautiful stop motion Vine.

Josh "Thistler" Salmon wanted to show his appreciation for Stoic Studios with a stop motion Vine based on The Banner Saga. Salmon released the short, stop motion film on January 24, Vine's first birthday, and shared his tribute with the studio on Twitter. The Escapist reached out to Salmon to find out how the gorgeous Vine was made. "I have limited time because of work and kids, so I after I put the 4 year old to bed I would usually spend between 10 pm and 12 pm to work on these," says Salmon. "I think it took 5 nights to make the art and it was 2 hours to set up the scene and animate it." The backgrounds and characters in the Vine are hand-painted with gouache on regular printer paper.

In celebration of Vine's first birthday, the Armstrong Vine Awards competition will award $1,000 per second of video to three Vines, one in each category of Best Art, Best Comedy, and Best Animation. Only Vines released on January 24 are eligible for the prizes. Salmon submitted his Vine for the Best Animation category, but had to move up his plans to animate the short in order to release it in time for the competition. "I knew I could maybe get [The Banner Saga vine] completed in time," says Salmon. "I broke into a cold sweat, put the coffee on and animated as quickly as I could. Very slowly. With tweezers."

Salmon has been using Vine since January 2013. "As soon as I'd made my first Vine I realised I could animate with it and from then on the majority of my vines were stop motion," says Salmon. "It's great to have a short finished piece at the end of the night." Salmon has an on-going series of stop motion vines titled The Curious Mirror, which follows the unsettling adventures of a boy who steps through a mirror. The art in The Curious Mirror is pen and gouache, with a children's keyboard and Salmon's own whistles and hums providing the music. In addition to making these beautiful Vines , Salmon is a game developer. Salmon released Bubble Jets for iOS last year, a physics puzzle game made initially for his son. Salmon is currently working on another children's iOS game, The Whale Game, a game about a whale defending his beach ball against those who would do it harm, and which will feature the music of James Flamestar. The art of The Whale Game is made of plasticine. Check out the gallery for some behind the scenes photos that Salmon shared with The Escapist.

Stoic Studios released The Banner Saga on January 14 for PC and Mac. The studio, founded by former Bioware staffers, raised funds for the tactical RPG with a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012.

Source: Joshua "Thistler" Salmon on Vine


Hah, it reminds me of those old Russian cartoons I used to watch when I was little in my country!

Truth be told, I found them a lot more educational than the english ones I watched later.

But yeah, this is very neat, I love people's reaction to the Banner Saga(and the fan art it has and will inspire(d))

Hopefully the sequel(wikipedia says that it is part of a trilogy) will be equal to or will even surpass this first instalment.

I mean it's cool and all but until a band of King marauder comes pillaging their name we can't really call this cannon.
You see work like this all comes down to the finest details.

Wow, this was truly wonderful.

Thanks for sharing.

soliloquy: In order to keep up my image as a pretentious and 'cool-guy' gamer, I must like all things banner saga related.

This is, by far, the greatest vine I have ever seen.

It depicts my favourite game in a new light and therefore brings about great joy to my person, to be able to find a new way to experience it.

Any more content on the Banner Saga will be met with open arms by me!

Troll aside, I find vine really interesting form of creative expression. It is similar to twitter, in the way of putting people in a situation where they have restrictions/rules to how they can create/express themselves that similar mediums just don't have - such as posting a video on youtube can be pretty much any length of time (compared to the set timescale of a vine) or posting a status on facebook (could be pretty much any length and contain words, pics, links, etc., compared to the character limit and text-only twitter).

Just reminds me of a video Sean "Day9" Plott did on assumptions and how creativity can be prompted by imposing restrictions on people (even if for arbitrary reasons), rather than limiting creativity by doing this - as a lot of people can struggle with the "just do whatever you want, no restrictions, no boundaries, you choose everything".

I also like the artwork with the two boys and the balloon!


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