1. First off you must begin with a good narrative, maybe starting off with just a character and building upon that. Keep in mind that you must actually make an animation to explain the story so keep it simple.
2. Draw some ideas for a character. I began mine as drawing and then slowly progressed into a clay character.
3. Started with a wire armature I created the basic outline for my character with left over clay i had. I then flattened pieces of good clay and created the character to my liking.
(below I show the process of making my other male clay character)
Step 1: Choosing Your Media
Step 2: Plot
2. Keep it simple. I created three main scenes two of which repeated. The characters simple walk from point A to point B. Repetition of similar scenes is necessary for a short film, so even if your story doesn't make sense your viewer will have something that is familiar.
Step 3: Uploading
1. First get a camera, and chroma key your characters you will want to layer over other images to make them appear as they are floating. Make sure you get plenty of angles of your characters to make it as smooth as possible. Or simple start taking photos for your stop-motion, scene by scene.
2. Get the proper cords that match your computer and picture taking device.
Step 4: Making It
1. To begin with research your technique your choosing to use whether that be stop-motion or flash to understand timing and the process that goes into it.
2. Shoot your film.
3. Create rough edit.
(I personally like to view a rough outline of my stop-motion by using Preview on mac to quickly go through all my photos at whatever speed I want. This is actually a great way to see what different speeds on different sections effect the feel for the film. Also this allows you to see if you need more images for a particular scene to make it smoother and or to change the look.) Below is a short sequence of my characters moving towards the actors mouth.
Step 5: Editing and Adding Music
1. Add music to your piece editing the music to fit each scene.
2. Now depending on your film you must decide whether or not you wish to add voice to your animation.
(I chose to simply record my voice on my computer as I viewed my film on another computer listening to the audio with earplugs as so not to pick up any other sound than my voice when recording. Adding your own narration along with music will greatly enhance your piece, I recommend trying a similar method or go even further by making it all entirely your own. )
Step 6: Final
1. Create a name for your piece. For Mine I chose Dreams/Life.
2. Create and ending scene that will leave the viewer with the lasting feeling you wish to portray.
3. Lastly don't forget to credit anything you used of someones into the credits of your film.