Stop motion animation is probably one of the easiest and most fun ways to bring alive an inanimate object and can really produce some stunning effects. Whether you are a novice or a beginner the art of learning and creating with stop motion animation is endless. By using stop motion your imagination is the only limit. Have you ever drawn on the corner of a book and drawn slightly different pictures on each page and then flicked the pages producing what looks like a moving man or face or whatever you draw? Well it is the same principal. Stop motion animation has been used for decades in the film and TV industry; in fact one of the first examples of stop motion was in the 1890s and called the humpty dumpty circus, by Albert E. Smith and J. Stuart Blackton. Of course things have now advanced in terms of technology and the final result, but the mechanics and principles remain the same and they are so simple to replicate. Star wars films used stop motion animation with the storm troopers and Disney has had much success with it. Other famous characters and films using this technique include the famous Wallace and Gromit. Stop motion animation is basically taking a snapshot of the object, (whether it be a picture or frame) then moving it slightly and then taking another snapshot and continue doing this as many times as you want or need to, then just run all the snapshots together and watch your object come to life and move before your very eyes. Once you get the hang of it you can have some real fun […]