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 claymation character
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 experimenting with the different objects and effects. Toy figures such as Lego men, action figures etc are a favorite for many animators especially beginners as they are easy to work with and you can create some funny scenes and stories. We have specific demo’s and tutorials using Lego figures. These are great fun to watch while you learn. Probably one of the most commonly used is with clay, sometimes called “claymation”, although this is really just a trademark name. Clay or Plasticine can easily be manipulated into almost any shape. You can even use a normal solid object if you like and watch it move across the floor. Beads are also common use for creating words and some amazing shape shifting effects.
There are many different ways that you too can create great animations and bring your objects to life. You can use an ordinary camera, video camera or web cam, you will find lots of examples on here that have been created with different types of software using various methods and techniques that will get your creative influences flowing. You can pick up some powerful software programs that are very easy to use and at a very reasonable price. See our software reviews for an idea on what’s best for you. Whatever your interest is in stop motion animation, whether short animation clips, fun shapes or messages right through to to full length animated films you will find all the tools and Stop Motion resources here.

Nicks First Studio Room at College

Nicks First Studio Room at College – Nick Park ( Wallace and Gromit et al )is probably the most important figure in stop motions’ introduction to modern cinema.