This post will explain the basic principles of stop motion animation and hopefully allow you to try it out yourselves.

Stop motion animation is a type of animation that captures motion one frame at a time. Playing back the sequence of images rapidly creates the illusion of movement. It is similar to 2D drawn animation but instead of drawings you are using physical objects.

The easy process of animation involves taking a photograph of your chosen objects or characters, moving them slightly, and then taking another photograph. When you play back the images consecutively, the objects or characters appear to move on their own. I used a Nikon DSLR and set the the image quality to the lowest JPEG size to keep the final file size small. Setting the camera to continuous shooting enables you to take more photos to capture more movement. The trick to this animation is the more photos you take the smoother the animation will be and the less photos you take the jumpier the animation will be.

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To create the final film all you have to do is put all  the photos into Adobe Premiere pro and reduce the duration of all of the clips to about 2 secs each (adjust accordingly).

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Make sure you click the ripple Edit as this will make sure there are no gaps in-between the frames. The video is then ready to export.

Now you should have an interesting piece of stop motion, I have added a random piece of music to mine to give the video some depth, try adding your own music to bring your video to life.

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