A shoe box can be used for a whole lot of things, but, have you ever thought it could be made into a portable, but fully functional, stop motion studio? Here is how you can take a shoe box and turn it into a stop motion studio.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
scissors or box knife
hot glue gun
camrea (an iphone works just fine)
stop motion program (here are two programs that I would recommend. Dragonframe and iMotion HD)
16 x 32 Lego base plate
card stock or paper
Step 2: Gluing the Side Pannels
First, unfold your shoe box. After your shoe box is unfolded, glue the back inner panels onto the creased edges. Make sure that your box is still able to fold up into it original shape.
Step 3: Adding the String
Punch two holes for the string to tie onto so it will hold up the lid and, so that it will not be in the way of the camera.
Step 4: Gluing the Base Plate
Now, fold up your box and glue or stick your base plate on the bottom of the shoe box. Once you unfold your box, it should look like the one above.
Step 5: Using Your Studio
To use this stop motion studio, unfold the box and lay out your background. I use card stock which is able to hold its self up, but, you could tape computer paper onto the box. Then, set up your camera and start taking pictures.