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I spent my childhood writing, drawing and watching cartoons like my favourite, always showing after school, ... La Linea!

So when years later, after my graduation in space engineering, a video contest about space pops up (Wake-Up, Rosetta! Contest by the European Space Agency), I just felt compelled to do something about it!!

So here is the result of an afternoon of tremendous fun for the contest and, most importantly, a tutorial about how you can create the same kind of stories , with kids or friends or just your own, in the confort of your home or pretty much anywhere!



Ready? Let's go! :)



 
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Step 1: Gather Material

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The possiblities of stop-motion are virtually endless. But here is what you're going to need to shoot your movie in the style of the video above!
  • Black papersheets (lots)
  • A white pen
  • Scissors
  • A digital camera. Optional : camera enabling the user to customize and freeze its settings (typically, a reflex camera)
  • A tripod
  • Lighting (lamps or studio spots)
  • A computer

Step 2: Gather Inspiration

Ok ok . No panic to have!

If you have a good idea of what story you would like to tell, good for you.

If not, my best advice would be to start drawing a character or a object you like and imagine how you would make it move in space by drawing the same object/character in a different position and so on...**

The most important is to have fun in the process and , also, nothing prevents you from drawing inspiration from other movies you might have seen! For instance, here are some stop-motion classics :

(1) Wallace and Gromit

(2) La Linea

Raphango9 months ago

Whoaaaaa!

Awesome!!! Congratulations!

FGBurchell10 months ago

I've used a program called MonkeyJam! It's very easy to use and automatically increments the frame(s) just by clicking on a key on the computer and it uses any video input that can be attached to the computer!

Google MonkeyJam and download it! Have I mentioned it's also FREE!

flyingpuppy10 months ago

LOVE THIS! Question: you said using Movie Maker was a "huge effort." What would you have used instead? I'm thinking of using Photoshop for the sequence of pictures, then stringing them together with Virtualdub since it will automatically pull a sequence of images (pic1.jpg, pic2.jpg, pic3.jpg) and make it into a movie. Anyone else have preferences for software?

Thanks so much for this instructable. Perfect timing for my next project!

digicel is pretty good and works ok for student but has a watermark in frame. http://www.digicelinc.com/ thats what I used in animation school.

DayDreamingBoy (author)  flyingpuppy10 months ago

Thank you Flyingpuppy for the comment and the question !

Movie Maker is simple to use (the sequencing is straightforward!)... but quickly limited. And the two main difficulties I had to overcome were : (1) adding several layers of sounds and (2) creating the final video file! In fact, my movie being about 650-image long, I had to cut in several pieces, redo the sounds until final publishing! Hence, the "huge effort".

Friends have since then advised me to go for other softwares which are easily downloadable on the net and user-friendly! ^^ (don't know the names sorry)

salomon199610 months ago
This is a great instructable! With this information, people could create some great stop motion videos. I had tried making some, but they didn't turn out the best (particularly the lighting). Good job! Fun movie!
DayDreamingBoy (author)  salomon199610 months ago

Hi! Glad you liked my Instructable. Lighting is very important and I had to scratch my head to make it possible. Looking forward to seeing some of your trials!

it is soooo cool!! i love it!