Stop motion spins it’s wheels. If it doesn’t spin it’s own wheels, it spins yours.
There is a scene in “Rocks In My Pockets” where one of the characters, a smart young lady, has to decide where to submit her excellent high school diploma. The education becomes a maze for her, a maze she doesn’t quite manage to exit.
To create the labyrinth for this young lady (based on one of my brilliant cousins who, unfortunately, is no longer with us through an accident that might have been a deliberate jump) I asked my wonderful, skillful boyfriend to make something to hold small plywood boards in place. He made this:
In that I inserted the boards:
Painted the boards:
Painted the boards even more:
Oops, that was not the right color. The other boards, I mean.
I put the painted boards on the stop motion wheel connected to the stop motion rail that allows to move the wheel by precise, regular increments. Lighting Designer Sturgis Warner did his magic with the cheap, available lights and were are set to shoot:
It took 5 tries, but finally we were happy with this:
Now the time to add the character, in drawing.