I've been wanting to make a stop motion video for ages! I didn't really have a clue what I was doing but I figured the best way to learn is just to give it a go.
All the information I Googled about it said to have a plan before you start taking the photographs and that makes it easier as you're just snapping straight for the film and you won't need to edit or move images around to make it work. That became my biggest problem. What was I going to make a video about? I had no idea.
My first ideas were along the lines of a blogger routine in the mornings so a phone turning itself on and checking Twitter and a coffee cup filling itself up, that kind of thing. The thought of making all those things work was making me a bit nervous though so I kept putting off.
Et voila. Here is my first try at making that happen:
Golden Egg Video from Anna on Vimeo.
Things I learnt:
I probably need a tripod to keep the camera completely still.
Using shiny things has limitations because they reflect light and that makes movements in the backdrop
I was concentrating so hard on keeping the camera in the same place, that some bits aren't in focus which sucks.
Taking photos at smaller intervals makes the movement better so I need to be a bit more patient (story of my life)
There is an amazing library of free music over at www.freemusicarchive.org - I spent ages reading the terms and conditions and as far as I can see I'm perfectly OK using this music from the Advent Chamber Orchestra. If anyone knows differently, please let me know!
Anyway, it entertained George who's four and I learnt a lot for the next time.