Post-Camp Info: Stop-Motion – Brick Flicks

Thank you for joining us for a wonderful week in Brick Flicks Tech Camp! If you are interested in continuing your stop-motion animation education below is information about how to purchase the materials we use in Tech Camp.

Please note that there are several things you need to make Stop Motion Animation movies. You will need:

  • video capture software
  • post-production editing software (optional)
  • a webcam (or other digital camera)
  • props and sets.

Stop-Motion Education Video Capture Software Used

In Stop-Motion Tech Camp, campers use Stop-Motion Pro Eclipse SD software to take the pictures for their movies. They also use this to insert green screen backgrounds (chroma key), record voices, insert sounds and music, and add overlays. This type of software is video capture software. However, there are other programs that accomplish this too. Some others are iStopMotion (Mac), iKITMovie (Windows), and Dragonframe (Mac/Windows). We use Stop-Motion Pro Eclipse (Windows) in camp because it’s easy to use, feature-rich, and reliable.

Best Stop-Motion Education Webcam

An essential item to continue with your stop-motion animation education is a quality digital camera. In summer camp, we use a high-definition webcam. We suggest using an external webcam that connects to your computer with a USB cord. This will allow your child to move their camera where they would like without moving the computer. The webcam attached to your monitor is challenging to position for good angles.

Webcams can range in price from $20 to over $200. In Brick Flicks stop-motion tech camp we use the Microsoft LifeCam Webcam.

Purchase Stop-Motion Figures

When it comes to creating building sets for your movies, you are limited only by your creativity. For camp, we created green screens with simple plywood and paint for your child. There are also some really good pre-made stop-motion sets with specialized themes. These premade sets work very well for beginners.

Creative Stop-Motion Education Props

LEGO minifig people and LEGO bricks used in camp as the main prop. However, kids can also use clay, Play-Doh, or other household objects to continue their stop-motion education.

Get Ideas for New Stop-Motion Movies

Sometimes one of the hardest parts of making a stop-motion animation movie is coming up with an idea. Below are a few resources that might help.

Also, a quick YouTube search on “stop motion animation” will provide lots of ideas.

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