Thursday, March 21, 2013

How to Create An Alternative Greetings Card Using Stop Motion

 
Living in a different country to your loved ones can be difficult, particularly when there is a significant birthday to celebrate. For Andi's birthday this year I decided to ditch the normal card and make him a Stop Motion video. Watch a snippet of it here:


To make the video I took nearly 400 photographs as I drew and moved objects to create an animation. The key is to make very small changes so that the video is as smooth as possible.
 
I used brown parcel paper and drew out my animation on a stretch of it. I did it in light pencil. If you're a great artist you could chance doing it straight away in pen. Use a thick pen to draw the picture so you can see it. Go little bit by bit and take photos in between. Follow the pattern: draw, photograph, draw, photograph, until finished!
 
To get the train to move, I had a second copy which I mounted onto card. I covered the drawing on the parcel paper with more parcel paper before re-drawing the station, this time including some details on the station. I used the same principles for a signal, owl and balloon.
 
I uploaded the photographs into Movie Maker and then decreased the speed between the photos until it was less than a second. I added in a soundtrack and then finalised it.
 
I had so much fun creating the video and it beat my dodgy homemade card attempts!
If you want to watch some more 'professional' Stop Motion, check out this video AND this one.
What alternatives do you have for greetings cards?

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13 comments:

ifs ands Butts said...

Ah how cute, sweet, and thoughtful is this!! Great idea

Sara S said...

Cute idea!!

Jess @ Spool and Spoon said...

Holy geez! The patience that must have taken is immeasurable!

Cocalores said...

So cute! That was a lit of work, my dear! xo

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