Stopmotion Animation

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Intro: Stopmotion Animation

now, most people think that this is incredibly hard, and should be left to the adults. in fact, nothing could be easier than stopmotion! to find more, read on.

Step 1: The Stuff You Need...

now, for starters, if you are going to be the next Nick Park (the animator of Wallace and Gromit), you need some practice, among other things...
1. A computer with a decent amount of memory (hey, if you're going to be making lots and lots of films, you're going to need lots and lots of memory, because images aren't small, you know!)

2. A decent web cam, with manual focus and really good zoom, if possible.

3. lots of time and patience (it takes at least two hours to make a 13 second clip)

some decent script-writing and filming programs, in which the links are below:Monkeyjam
CeltX

4. Lots and Lots of Lego!!! (in case you haven't guessed by now, this is a lego - class stopmotion tutorial!)

5. Did I mention patience!?

6. a photo shop program (I use Photoimpression 5)

Step 2: Monkeyjam

okay, once you get the program downloaded and installed, open it, and click on File, and then "New xps sheet". this is the sheet that you are going to use for your film. when you click on it, you will be presented a window. if you want to do some editing on the images later, for "image folder", click Browse, select desktop, and create a folder. after that is done, if you already have a webcam installed, click on the little orange video camera, marked "open video capture window". then, select stopmotion from the list of options, and you're good to go!

Step 3: The Walk

first off, you need to develop the basic walk. note the images.

Step 4: The Fight

okay, due to some people asking for it, here's an update, on how to have a fight in stopmotions. okay, for fist-fighting, it is generally just having the offensive minifig to be just one stud away from the defensive minifig, like so, in the pictures. now, to have him throw a punch, lift up his back leg a bit so he can swing on the stud, lift an arm a bit, swing the fig on the stud in each frame, and let him have it!!

Step 5: Photoshop Fun

okay, so now in your movie Darth Maul is about to duel with a Jedi. he ignites his lightsaber. But wait, it's a beam of red plastic! What do I do now? well, using PhotoImpression 5, it's the most simple part of a film! okay, first off, when you install it and everything's ready, open it up and click the button marked Folder. in the side panel , look for the folder that you made previously in which you put your images from the film from, and select it. Click on "create", and fiddle away!

Step 6: Ella Termina!

And that's it! if you have anything specific to ask, just leave a comment below! here's a film that may or may not work. please tell me if it doesn't!

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    22 Discussions

    This is the best stop motion instructable I have seen, excellent work! Just a quickie, in the walk sequence you've put up there usually the left arm goes forward with the right leg.

    If you are just messing around with stopmotion then yes, but if you are serious then you want to be animating at 15 frames per second which monkeyjam allows you to do.

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    voemaster

    8 years ago on Step 6

    good job  hey how long does it take to make a video

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    Ballistaman

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Holy crap! How do you keep the camera so still?! Mine moves even if itson a tripod! Also how many pics do you take for such a smooth animation?3 of my friends do random stopmotion at lunch....

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    RC-0720Ballistaman

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    well, since I just use a webcam, I just either tape it down, in which case I tape it onto a platform and tape that platform to the set, or use a jury rig, in which case I sort of build an all-encompassing box around the camera, except around the lens, then put it on a track, to use it for dolly shots.

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    RC-0720ManicJack

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    well, first u activate the "line" tool, u click and drag it over the lightsaber-to-be, making certain that it is translucent, thick, and the main outer color of ur choice (eg the outer blade, with the color), then a smaller, shorter line inside, that is white, but slightly transparent, so that it can appear to be the center.

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    wilcurt

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I started making these kind of things over 4 years ago. I will try to get one on soon.....................................................

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    RC-0720Kiteman

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    as I said before, I will get to it when I have time! i'm really busy with schoolwork over here.

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    KitemanRC-0720

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    It doesn't have to be a new film, just a clip from something past, such as the one those stills are from. As nugatron says, even a brief clip would be good.

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    KitemanRC-0720

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    That's really good - well done. If you want more views of it, though, you should upload it to YouTube or Metacafe and then embed the video back here - one-click play with no downloading gets more views.

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    nagutron

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I'd love to see more details of how the fighting was done, and the finished film, even if it's just 13 seconds long!