After dodging the necessity of storyboards, and making elaborate but cheap sets, it is time to get things moving. Stop motion is a perfect way to get things moving.
The problem with stop motion for me is that I don’t know much about it. I have heard of it, have seen it, liked it and have made comments. I have been in hand drawn animation for too long to know anything outside it.
So, I looked up Wikipedia:
“Stop motion (also known as stop frame) is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own.”
Strange term “physically manipulated object”! is the object manipulated before or after the “animation technique”?
I meditated on how I would formulate my own inexpert definition. I decided I would rearrange Wikipedia words in a different sentence:
“Stop motion (also known as stop frame) is an animation technique to physically manipulate an object to make it appear as moving on its own.”
Maybe this is not in perfect English but I have discovered that Grammar is not always friends with the precision of meaning.
Wikipedia continues on with it’s definition:
” The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence.”
This sounds like fun! I think I can do it – I have a Nikon D80 camera and plenty of small increments!
Lets see how a hand drawn animator does stop motion:
The next episode will be on Linetest: do we avoid them like Storyboards, too?