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! :)

Step 1: Gather Material

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

<p>Whoaaaaa!</p><p>Awesome!!! Congratulations!</p>
<p>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!</p><p>Google MonkeyJam and download it! Have I mentioned it's also FREE!</p>
<p>LOVE THIS! Question: you said using Movie Maker was a &quot;huge effort.&quot; 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?</p><p>Thanks so much for this instructable. Perfect timing for my next project!</p>
<p>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.</p>
<p>Thank you Flyingpuppy for the comment and the question !<br></p><p>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 &quot;huge effort&quot;. </p><p>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)</p>
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!
<p>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! </p>
<p>it is soooo cool!! i love it!</p>

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