(NEW YORK) — A stop-motion home movie made of 1,000 separate photos of a mom, Osher Grencel, during her pregnancy could be called the “prequel” for little baby Emma Grencel, who was born on July 3.
The video shows every step of the nine-month pregnancy process, including morning sickness, the first precious face scan images of Emma, and includes cameos from her dad, Tomer Grencel, 30, who put the entire video together.
In Tomer’s description of the video, he explains he was the photographer, Photoshop editor, director, script writer and proud dad of the entire production. He boasts, “Look at our 9 months pregnancy in 1,000 pictures! Each frame (picture) was separately taken, edited and uploaded! It was 9 months of a growing belly and 1 month of video editing… :-)”
The Grencels, who live in Tel Aviv, told ABC News they decided to take a photo of Osher’s pregnant belly each day so they could “see the belly grow!”
Tomer, a professional photographer, said he got the idea to create the video when “someone told Osher that because she is so skinny no one will know she is pregnant until relatively late stage of the pregnancy.” Tomer had known he wanted to do something special to document the pregnancy, but until that moment, wasn’t quite sure how yet.
The video, which has had more than 500,000 hits on YouTube, wasn’t originally intended to be used as anything more than a fun video to show friends and family.
“Actually it’s quite funny,” Tomer said. “In some of the days before taking the photo, Osher told me, ‘I don’t want to take the photo today, I look bad!’ And my answer was, ‘Come on, honey. You look great, and no one will see it anyway.’”
Tomer said he quickly learned one important rule throughout the pregnancy: SHE is not pregnant. You BOTH are.
When asked if the couple would recommend creating a video like this to other people, they replied, “Of course. It’s an amazing souvenir for the child … You have to be patient, it’s a long process and you must be consistent. But it’s sure worth it.”
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