What you needTo make a stop motion animation video, you’ll need:
- A camera: The most important factor is clarity, followed by low-light photography. Many modern smartphone cameras would be good enough.
- A tripod: The camera needs to be still during the same shot.
- Animation subjects: It could range from toys, figurines, vehicles and more.
- Lighting: As needed
- Isolation: A breeze-free room
How to make a stop motion videoHere are the quick steps to follow:
- Storyboard: Before doing anything else, hit the storyboard and visualise the entire sequence you intend to shoot. This will form the framework of your shoot.
- Choose location: Someplace that is not too breezy and can have natural lighting if needed.
- Set up scene: The backdrop to your animation – the non-moving objects and setup – should be entirely in place. There shouldn’t be any possibility of breeze or shaking.
- Set up camera: Fix the camera in place using a tripod and ensure that it is not moved. Use a remote shutter to minimise any possible disturbances.
- Set up lighting: Once your camera and setup are in place, fix the lighting by checking the shot on the camera. Adjust it until you’ve got just the view you want.
- Shoot: Click your frames sequentially, following the storyboard you created earlier with your animation subjects. You can click fewer frames for a jumpy effect, or more frames for a smoother or even a slow-motion effect.
- Record sound: Once you’ve got the shots you need, it’s time to record your audio. Pay extra attention to details and background sound.
- Edit: Bring everything together in the editing software of your choice and complete the tweaks for your final version.
Voila, you’ve made your own stop motion animation video! Create more complex storyboards and intricate setups, and unleash your inner film-maker.
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