I saw this video today, and loved how simple and convincing this stop-motion video made raking your yard look. It was beautifully thought out, possibly using a storyboard like we use in Stop Motion Animation camp.
The main character who is raking, had to move all the leaves and stand with his rake in a certain spot between every picture frame used in the stop-motion short clip. The lack of sound takes nothing away from how cool this is.
Time Lapse is not Stop-Motion
Time Lapse is the process of taking many still pictures from the same viewpoint, over a set period of time, whereas the time between frame shots is consistent, to give the illusion of time passing quickly.
Can you tell the difference between these videos? The first video has still pictures taken at specific times after the raker moved more leaves. The second video was set on a timer to take shots no matter where the raker was.
Stop-Motion and Time-Lapse video are very different. Stop-Motion has forced-inconsistent time between frames, while time-lapse has consistent time between frames.
Stop-Motion software, like Stop Motion Pro which we use in Stop Motion Animation camp, is capable of producing time-lapse video. But this doesn’t mean it’s a stop-motion video. It isn’t. It’s time-lapse video, also known as time-lapse photography.
Which do you think is more time-consuming to make, time-lapse or stop-motion video? If you guessed stop-motion, you’re right.
Everyday Tasks are Great to Stop-Motion
If you love to make stop-motion movies, you always want to keep your audience in mind when filming. What would your viewers want to see? Does it always have to be an action sequence or a car crash? No. Most people can identify with everyday tasks.
Find actions around your house that you could make a stop-motion film about. Have your morning cereal move from the cereal box to the bowl by itself. Have your pencil do your math homework without you. Have the sofa cushions make a fort by themselves in the family room. Also, think about where you want your camera to be, and don’t be afraid of changing angles and viewpoints at different times in your short (this is called perspective).
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