To many people movies seem like magic. Children are especially drawn to creative works like cartoons and films and many are constantly thinking of things that they would like to see on TV and making up characters that they find amusing (hence why playing with figurines and dolls is such a common childhood pastime). Yet few individuals actually go on to animate something, partly because the process usually seems difficult and daunting and entirely too complicated to get entangled in. Yet there is a relatively easy (abet time consuming) way to make your dreams come to life: Stop Motion Animation.
Stop motion is a form of animation that uses photos to create a moving video. Basically, a stop motion animator takes a photo of an object, moves it slightly, and then takes another photo. By moving the object in slow increments between individually photographed frames the effect of movement is achieved when the photos are viewed in a quick and continuous sequence. Box office hits like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” were made via stop motion animation as were some very professional YouTube videos.
Stop motion animation takes time and dedication but it is not as expensive as some other forms of animation. Dolls and figurines with movable parts are good for stop motion animation as is clay (hence the term “clay-mation”) but virtually anything that can be moved can be used in stop motion videos including coins, candy, and household items like forks and spoons.
Although stop motion animation might seem hard at first, it is fun to do and there are many helpful programs and resources available on the web to ease the process. Stopmotionworks.com offers a wealth of information about the subject. Stopmotionanimation.com has an online community of stop motion artists and programs like StopMotionPro simplify the process of making the videos. There are even an apps to make stop motion animation achievable.
Stop motion animation is certainly something to try if you are interested in movie making and animation. It is also a great creativity-increasing hobby for anyone who has the ability to think up characters and situations for storylines. As the Internet makes technological systems and communication faster and easier for the average person to understand, there is no longer a barrier between creative thought and technical ability. Stop motion animation is being made easier and easier to create via the aforementioned (to name a few) programs and YouTube gives virtually anyone access to thousands of viewers and potential “fans.” Hence, if you have a will to try animation, it is accessible and extremely easy to learn online.