Saturday, October 10, 2009

Stop Motion.

Several of you have asked about the stop motion video I made. (And by the way: thanks for all the props, kudos & love!)

I actually only discovered stop motion a few weeks ago. I'm JUST learning to play with this new "toy", so there's not a whole lot of proper knowledge I can bestow. I'll just share what I've discovered or found helpful...
Here's a very basic way to describe stop motion, in my own words: Hundreds (even thousands) of pictures are photographed & smooshed together in a really speedy quick slideshow.
I used 293 photos to create my 37 second video.

  • The Wikipedia description of stop motion can be found HERE.

  • I found THIS site very helpful in describing the "how-to's" of Stop Motion Photography. I have Windows Movie Maker, which is used in the instructions for that tutorial. (I know that doesn't help if you have a Mac, but just search the 'net & you'll find one that works for you.)

  • I uploaded my final video to & if you search around that site for "stop motion" you'll find lots of interesting videos created by others using many different styles.

I am so psyched to "film" more videos! You definitely need to set aside a block of uninterrupted time. The concept for my 1st video was pretty simple & straightforward--& it took me a couple hours to complete. And that's not including uploading the photos on my computer & doing all the editing/picture/movie stuff. You should have seen the contraption I had set up. I had my grandpa's old-school tripod taped horizontally to a small chair on top of the dining table. I may need to invest in a fancy-schmancy tripod.
Anyway, I hope this helps get you started. And, believe me, I'll be sharing my stop motion adventures along the way! I still need to learn how to add music to my videos. I really do stumble around with all this computer stuff. I'm one of those "dummies". So, I know that if I can do it, you TOTALLY can!


  1. get out! that is so incredibly cool! and the puppet rocks! kudos!

  2. ok i loved how awesome your puppet is, and this stop motion video is FANTASTIC! my opinion is, once you figure out how to add music, give these couple songs a try: "One Fine Day" by the Chiffons (great piano, fits the creation part perfectly)...also "Teenager in Love" by Dion & the Belmonts fits quite nicely as well! i even tested em both, while i was showing my hubby your video. we're both VERY impressed! keep it up chickadee! =)

  3. haha!!! This is fantastic! Hmm, I think I'll pass it on to my kidlets. They need some inspiration for their Reflections entries. It's really great Nikki!

  4. I loved it. I guessed it was a couple of hundres of of each step. Great job. I watched it twice. Very cute puppet! My husband loves that book too.

  5. WOW! Now that is Awesome. Great job.


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