In the days before digital effects, filmmakers had to rely on more old-fashioned techniques for creating movie magic. Stop-motion animation is a filmmaking technique that makes inanimate objects appear to move on their own. Today, we'll go back to the days of stop-motion filmmaking to try our hands at this technique from the past.
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What can you tell me about stop-motion films? How do you create stop-motion animation? (And make sure they show you one of the many stop-motion clips they made today.)
If you created a stop-motion film about something that's happened this year, what would it be about and why?
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What is stop-motion filmmaking, anyway? Before you can become a stop-motion filmmaker, dive into what it is and how it all works.
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Behind the Stop-Motion Scenes
The Evolution of Stop Motion Animation
The Motion of Kubo
The animated move Kubo and the Two Strings is one of the more recent films to use stop-motion techniques. Take a look at the painstaking work it takes to bring those puppets to life.
Stop-Motion at Home
In this short clip, you'll learn how you can start making stop-motion films right at home. (We'll get to that shortly!)
Stop motion animation makes inanimate objects appear to move on their own. Now, you'll try making your own.
Stop-Motion In Action
Place an object or toy in front of your camera and snap a photo using your Stop Motion Studio app. Then, you'll move the object a tiny bit and snap another photo. Repeat this process twenty times (or twenty-thousand times!). When you play back the sequence quickly, the object will look like it's moving.
Need More Help? Follow the steps right here.
Flip Book Animation
No camera? No problem! Flip book stop-motion is just as cool. All you need is a pen, a pack of sticky notes, and these instructions.
Turn your walk into a short film.
What if the most mundane activities could become stop-motion films? On today's walk with a sibling or family member, give them simple tasks to do—things like picking up a leaf, moving a stick from one spot to another, or just climbing the front steps.
The trick is, they have to do it one small motion at a time! Stand in one place and take photos as they move. For example, if they are throwing a ball, take 10 photos of them bringing their arm with the ball back, then another 10 as they bring it forward to throw. Using your stop-motion app, turn your photo series into a mini stop-motion film.
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