Here are several of the videos I used last week as examples of study for the students in the stop motion animation class. Giving examples can be tricky because, oftentimes, students want to emulate what they have seen, which isn’t a bad thing if making a copy is reasonable. I tried to pick videos that covered a broad range of techniques and technical skill. These seemed to give the students a good idea of what they were supposed to do and what could be possible with a little imagination and bunch of hard work.
1. Her Morning Elegance
This video has some great effects in it. The video was made using 2096 pictures, a fact that stretched the minds of the students. I think that this really shows what can be done with stop motion. Like I explained to the students, this is really something they could all do with enough patience. The creators didn’t use anything that each student doesn’t have in their own bedroom.
This is just a fun example because it is so amazing. I like how the camera used is shown at the end. This puts the whole film into perspective. There were lots of “ooohs” and “awwwws” from the class at the end of this one.
3. Human Skateboard
The boys in the class loved this one. Who wouldn’t? The facial expressions alone make this a cool video.
4. Living Clay
This video shows something that the students could actually do quite easily. A ball of clay and a few random objects from around the house. With this example, the students really started to see what they could accomplish in the class. It opened their minds.
5. Game Over
The students loved this video. I was surprised to find that many of the students have played these video games, so they could see how the creators (PES) took an idea and recreated it using stop motion animation. PES makes a bunch of really good stop motion videos. Make sure to check out more examples from them on their Youtube channel.