First steps in stop motion animation

Stop motion animation ( is something that I’ve been interested in for a long time, but I’ve always thought that it was difficult to get started without spending a lot of money on fancy cameras and equipment.

StopMotionStudioThat was until I discovered a free app for my ipod touch/iphone called ‘Stop motion studio’ – suddenly everything became much simpler!

If you’re interested in stop-motion, this app is worth buying an ipod touch for if you don’t have one!

The next thing you need is a tripod.. There are two ways to do this – you can buy one or you make one from stuff lying around you house. In my case, this was a stiff cardboard tube that I cut a slot in to to hold the iPod! Use your imagination, there will definitely something in your kitchen or garage that will work just fine.

Ok, you have an iPod and a tripod. You’re ready to start! Now all you need is something to animate. I started with a lego castle with a few soldiers, etc which worked well for the first few videos.

I soon moved on to modelling clay and made a few simple morph like creations using Newplast modelling clay which you can buy at any craft store.Modelling Clay

But you don’t lego or modelling clay – you can use absolutely anything lying in around the house, for instance chocolate santas!

Even Nick Park had to start somewhere!!

The main thing you need is imagination – if you don’t have a story to tell, you’ll soon get bored.. Remember that it only needs to be a story that lasts 10 seconds or more and can involve anything you have lying around so it’s not too hard to get started.

By the way, two other things that I did buy are this book:


and a bendy necked LED table lamp from Ikea (

Neither of these are essential, but I’ve found them both useful and I would recommend them if you enjoy making your first few videos and decide to carry on..

By the way, you can click on any of the pictures in my blog to buy the products or find out more information.

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Happy animating! :0)

All the best, Richard.

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