How to create stop motion animation

Stop Motion animation can be made by showing a series of still images that change very quickly from one to the next and appear to move through a trick of the mind called Persistence of vision.

Using the FlipAnim website is an easy way to use to create your own. Watch this video demonstration of how to use FlipAnim.

Have A Go!

To start, try to create a simple 8 frame animation of someone blowing up a balloon.

Create your person first as this can be copied onto all 8 pages so all you need to animate is the balloon getting bigger.

Over the next 5 pages show the balloon getting bigger each time

 

  

The next 2 frames need to show the balloon popping. This shows an outline of the balloon with action lines around and another with just action lines and no balloon at all. This is also time to change the position of the characters mouth to respond to the balloon popping.

This is also time to change the position of the characters mouth to respond to the balloon popping. You will also notice the ‘onion layering’ where you can see the previous pages. This helps you to move the sketches little by little which will build up your animation and make the action smoother when it is animated.

Once you are happy with your 8 frame animation upload the GIF and save.

Main Task

Now that you have created a short practice animation, it’s time to create you own for a more detailed animation.

Here is some inspiration from Eadweard Muybridge (born 1830, died 1904) who was a British-born photographer, known primarily for his early use of multiple cameras to capture movement. Animation and film are founded on the work of Muybridge and his peers as people had never seen or understood motion this way before.

 

Using early photography Muybridge made studies of how people and animals move. These studies revealed some interesting things – and Muybridge was able to prove for the first time that there was a point in a horse’s gallop when all four hooves were off the ground – a fact that won a wager! More that here.

The series of photos above is called The Horse in Motion, and shows that, indeed, the hooves all leave the ground.

This image of a woman jumping over a stool shows how, with just 10 frames, you can make an animation cycle which will continue to loop the same action.

This shows how people turn around and the different stages that the body changes shape to compensate for the weight and balance of bodies during this time.

It’s also quite interesting to see how the walking stick is used like an extension of an arm or an extra leg to help with balancing a turn.

Muybridge captured different birds in flight, capturing how differently they all moved.

 

This is a short video of an exhibition called Beholder by United Visual Artists at BOM showing the frame by frame movements of a sparrow. This clearly shows how the sparrow moves during flight.

Children’s Examples

Now you have all the knowledge and skill to create your own animation in the style of Eadweard Muybridge!