Rehearsal Time: Practise makes perfect

The art of Stop-Motion animation is a wonderful way to animate items that would otherwise stay still.  Students have chosen a variety of items to animate for their short films ranging from Playdoh to Lego to toys.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to this film making technique: limited only by your imagination.

It is always a good idea to practise before commencing proper filming so that you can work out the best way to get a film that is what you planned it would be.

Here is a short instructional video that highlights some of the important things to think about when filming a Stop-Motion animation.

Important Tips
  • Lighting: Try to position yourself under a light rather than using natural light.
  • Backgrounds: Think about your background. Make sure it isn’t too busy and that it is easy to see your characters against the background.
  • Flooring/ Base Plates: If using Lego it is best to have a base plate to help the characters stand up and to help with positioning.  If you are using other materials it is a good idea to have a more solid base than the carpet.  You can use paper, cardboard or a table.

Lego base plate

  • Camera set up: Get your camera up as close to your scene as you can. Check how it looks through your camera before you film.  Be careful when pressing the button to take the photo so that you don’t move the camera for the next shot.  Lastly, if you have a stand, make sure you use it.

Using a stand keeps the movie steady.

  • Movements: The smaller the movements your characters make each time you take a photo, the more smoothly they will move.  Small movements = Smooth movements

Enjoy your time to practise! Try new things out and have a think about any modifications you may need to make to your script before filming begins next week.


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