Day fifty-eight

Stop Motion Animation

Stop motion (also known as stop action) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. (wikipedia)

That was so much fun and I love my little video!  Although way harder than I thought it would be.  There are so many things to consider when making a stop motion animation: subject, story, props, lighting, set, camera angle, computer program.  Once that is all decided, then each movement needs to be made and a photo is snapped.  I took two photos for each movement so it was a bit easier and flowed a little better.  To get a realistic human look, traditionally 24 frames per second are used.  However, to get the choppier, more playful look that happens in my video, we made the video at 15 frames per second.  In this eight second animation, there were 134 photos.  Then the photos were uploaded on to my friend’s computer, made into an animation on iStopMotion, then added the title, credits and sound on iMovie.

It was an exercise in patience to move the figures only slightly, take a photo, then move them slightly again, and take another photo.  I can’t imagine the work that went into Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), or King Kong (1933)!

Here’s a fun clip I found on Smashing Magazine “50 Incredible Stop Motion Videos” (a fun time-waster if you want to check out some other cool stop motion videos):

And my friends Mere and Dan’s claymation video they made last year (they were obviously mad at the raccoon in their yard!):