Our assignment and learning this week has been on stop animation. I found this to be really interesting, as I have seen this a lot on pinterest and instagram. There was even a video we watched by a girl who does it for a living! what?! That would be my dream job. Ha! I did not realize the amount of technology and equipment that (legitimate) stop motion video would require.

In watching some of the videos, there were entire rooms which were sound proofed, no windows or light (so the light could be controlled), and then massive cameras and equipment just to hold the video “over” the project and move the contents at a fractional pace. ┬áThe set up for stop motion was more intense than I imagined and the lighting and equipment to make it look professional was amazing. I used the stop motion studio app for my video and while I didn’t have professional lighting or equipment to hold my phone, I was still impressed with how well the app worked and linked everything together so well. Even an elementary basic video came out looking better than I expected. With time and some great props, a moderately well done video would not be hard to do. I really wanted to do a dry-erase board video, but am just not that great of an artist, so am not confident in doing my project this way.

Stop animation is a fascinating way to communicate, train, and just engage an audience in a new way. Even cooking and recipes become fun with stop animation. I love how the methods and platforms in the digital world can so radically change the way you present and view projects. I would recommend a basic storyboard for stop animation though, as it would make the project a bit easier (and ensure you don’t leave any frames out!).

My stop motion video: