Download and plan your stop motion
Stop Motion (Groups of 3 People Allowed on this Project)
This is a project that will allow you to explore and experiment with a technique that has been used since the dawn of film making. Stop motion films create the illusion of movement into objects that don't naturally move on their own. The animator brings these object to life during the production process by moving objects between each frame. The film is created one frame at a time. When the film is played the hands of the animator are not visible and the objects in the fame appear to come to life on the screen! It's like magic!
The preproduction stage of creating a film is where you do all of your planning for every shot that you need to assemble a film. You will create a storyboard prior to filming your footage.
Story : Before you animate you will need to develop a story. Begin by plotting a story on paper . What are the rising actions that happen in your film that lead to your climax? What is the big reveal, the ah-ha moment? After the climax, there needs to be an ending that resolves the story.
Storyboard: Create drawings on note cards to plan out each shot you need to capture. The better you plan out your storyboards the easier your experience with filming will be.
You can also animate anything....consider using string, pencils, blocks, cut paper, toys, action figures, or anything else you want to see come alive.
During production you will go out and film your footage. If you were diligent during the preproduction stage then your production will be really easy. Use your shot sheet and storyboard notes to help guide your shooting.
Use a tripod for filming! Use a tripod for filming! Use a tripod for filming! This is stated thee times because it is extremely important! Absolutely critical for stop motion.
This is the stage when you begin to edit all your footage. Collect all of your clips into a folder on your computer.
After you get your final cut complete export a .mov file.
Add sound effects or a musical score to enhance your film project. Be sure your audio levels are adjusted so they do not overpower your film audio.
Now you are ready to export your film project.
Look for sounds and soundtrack at Jamendo
Favorite stop motion videos
Here are your steps throughout the project.