Make your own 3D stop motion animation

How to Make your Own 3D Stop Motion Animation

Suitable for age 8 and up.

Hello! In this activity I’m going to show you how to make your own 3D stop motion animation using a mobile phone, the brilliant and easy-to-use Stop Motion Studio App, plus a few things you have around the house!

3D means “three dimensional”, which means that you can see round the sides of the characters and objects you’re filming. The Wallace and Gromit animations are a great example of 3D stop motion animation.

If you were making a “flat” animation, say like the Simpsons, where the characters and objects are drawn on a flat surface and you can’t see round the sides, this would be a 2D (two dimensional) animation.

You will need…

Equipment/software

A smart phone (iphone or android work fine)

A desk lamp (don’t worry if you don’t have one, it’s not essential)

The Stop Motion Studio App – go to the App Store on your mobile and download it for free. Look for this logo:

A stand for your phone. If you don’t have one you can make one – here’s a video with some ideas: The coffee cup one works really well 🙂

Materials

If this is your first 3D animation you can use lego characters, sylvanian families, or any little ready-made dolls or figures you have at home.

You can also make your own using plasticine or playdough. Plasticine is also called “modelling clay”.

Or you can get creative and improvise: Sea shells, stones, fruit and veg, acorns or pine cones can be adapted to make simple characters too 🙂

You can also make a simple background by drawing it onto a piece of paper

Have a look at my example below using a  piece of paper, some card  and a cone for a hedgehog:

Make your animation!

Open Stop Motion Studio on your phone and click on the box called New Movie (it has a small cross in the middle) to start  creating your animation

Pop a few pieces of blue/white tack on the base of your stand to keep it stable and stick it to a table, worktop or shelf

Put your phone on your stand

Put your character on the table in front of your phone so you can see it on your screen

Click on the red button twice on the right of the screen. (Clicking twice slows down the speed of your animation, so if you want your characters to go fast, just click once)

Well done! You have just captured the first move of your animation.

Move your character a little bit (say 0.5 cm).

Click on the red button twice to take your second move.

Move your chacter a little bit and click the red button twice again. Then just carry on: move-click-click, move-click-click, move-click-click until you’ve finished filming what you character is doing.

To play back click the arrow under the red button. You have just made your first animation!

To see all the brilliant things you can do with this app, click on the ? button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen, also go to the settings logo, which is a cog-shaped icon.

Things you can do now: Save your film then send it to your friends!

Here’s a photo of the setup I used to make my animation – I used an ipad mini to make mine as my smart phone isn’t too smart!! :/ But it works the same.

I folded an A3 sheet of paper in half and drew a background on the top half and the ground on the bottom half, then used white tack to stick it to a big book to make it stand up.

I made a hedgehog from a cone, with stuck-on eyes and nose, then put a bit of white tack on the hedgehog’s bottom to make it stay upright.

I also made some trees from pieces of folded cardboard which I coloured in. They aren’t in this photo, have a look at the animation to see them)

Here’s my final animation – “Hedgehog in the Woods” 🙂 It’s a bit wobbly in places, so see if you can do better.

Stay well, stay home, have fun and make an animation! 🙂

February – March Animation Workshops in Teignmouth

Two  Small World events are coming up in February: a one-off animation workshop during half term celebrating the release of the new Aardman film “Early Man”, and an animation club kicking off at Teignmouth library after half term 🙂

“Early Person” Animation Workshop

To celebrate the release of “Early Man” come and create and animate your own 3D early cave person character! This fun workshop is aimed at 7-12 year-olds, but open to keen-beans either side of that age group 🙂

Running from 10am-12.30pm on Tuesday 13th February at TAAG, Northumberland Place in Teignmouth, you have the option of staying to enjoy making and creating with your child, or dropping them off and collecting them at the end of the session. Unaccompanied children must be aged 8 and over.

The session is £8 per child, with sibling reductions available. Advance booking is essential as there are limited spaces.

 

 

 Animation Club at Teignmouth Library

Kicking off on Monday 19th February and running till March 26th, the Small World Animation Club will run between 4-5pm on five consecutive Monday nights (except March 5th when there is no session).

We’ll be inventing and creating characters, making up stories and working in all sorts of different media to make short 2D and 3D animations.

The price for all five sessions is £20 per child, payable in advance. Booking in advance is essential. The club is aimed at 7-11 year olds, but 6 year olds can join if accompanied by an adult at all the sessions. Limited number of places so early booking advised.

Get in touch by email smallworldanimations@hotmail.co.uk or phone 07746326860 for inquiries or if you want to book.

“The Creepy Library of Birmingham”!

Well, I don’t know what you’re up to this summer, but I’m going to be delivering 42 half day workshops in Birmingham’s libraries,  all based around the theme of “The Creepy Library of Birmingham”. It’s going to be an amazing project, and I’m very excited about it.. it’s linked to this year’s national Summer Reading Challenge, called “Creepy House”. I’ll put dates and venues up soon, and if you’re in Brum this summer (and not Brazil or Mongolia like some of you…) then come and have a go at animating some very creepy characters!