Stop Motion

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This morning, in arts & crafts class, we had our first approach to stop motion. Stop motion is an animation technique that gives the impression that real objects are moving on their own. The method is very simple; individual frames are shot with a camera, with the models being repositioned in small increments between shots. When played back quickly, it gives the impression of movement.

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Today’s class has just been a first look into this exciting world of movie making. Unfortunately, we only had time to make a plasticine ball cross our cameras’ field of view. In the next session, with the help of Linux Stopmotion and Openshot, we will put together each frame to create a moving picture. And in coming sessions we will build more complex sets and will shoot longer movies.

This is just an example of what we did today. In coming posts I will upload more videos

These are two fantastic examples that I played in class to illustrate the topic:

  • Hudson is a Melbourne indie-folk artist. Movie maker Dropbear has produced his vibrant and colorful clip: Against The Grain
  • Her Morning Elegance is a fabulous stop motion music video by Oren Lavie. In the gallery section you can see all the pictures they took to make the movie

Don’t miss them!


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