First Attempt at Stop Motion

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  1. DecepticonSpike

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    It's only 4 seconds, but if anyone can give me pointers on how to improve it in the future, I'd be grateful.

     
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    You gotta start small...
     
  3. John_Force

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    IMHO, the lighting is way off. Too harsh and not balanced enough. Also, a sequence of this size should take around 10 to 15 photos. You need to make a lot of small changes over a sequence of pictures.
     
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    For a first time out of the gate I think this is pretty good! Though the one thing that's really killing it for me is it the transition between your 2nd-to-last and last frame feels *wrong* because the car should fall forward onto its wheels, but your jump-cut to the on-the-ground frame makes it feel like it's falling the wrong way and/or teleporting..

    Looking again, I think it's because you move the car back in the final shot, so the "foot print" shifts in an unnatural way...
     
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    For a first attempt, very good. The important thing with stop motion is that you MUST make mistakes in order to improve.

    I'm not sure what software you're using, but a dedicated program where you can use more frames per second will result in much smoother animations. Heres a good one, its simple, but its free and you can export any footage as a video file and import into most editing programs.

    Clay Animator How To Site: Free Stop Motion Animator Program


    Also, either invest in a sturdy tripod. Failing that, use something like Blu-Tak (or equivalent) to hold your camera steady. Blu-Tak was one of my favourite tools for stop motion, as its really good for holding the figure mid pose in some situations. Just make sure its well hidden from the camera!

    Also, patience is a virtue!
     
  6. DecepticonSpike

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    I used Window's movie maker on XP. Not the greatest. Thanks for the link to the software. I'll check it out. All of the pictures used were taken on a cell phone, which accounts for the shakeyness. I've got a tripod, just not sure where it's at.

    That part bothered me too. I'm just not sure how I can have it look like it's "landing" on its own without being cheesy, or well, cheesier.
     
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    do it like a really fast slideshow but with a lot of pictures
     
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    Well Spike, it's a lot better than my first TF stop-motion animation!! I say stick with it, but shoot more pix with smaller transitions between each pic;hopefully that should work...
     
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    I'd be interested in seeing your first one.
     
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    if you must use your cell phone, strap it down to something. the angle constantly changing throws off the illusion of motion.
     

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