Do you fancy yourself as the next Nick Park of Aardman Animation studios who created the popular Wallace and Gromit animated movies?  Well we and some of our participants from the positive people project did this week when we ran a stop-motion movie making creative skills workshop at the Pluss Pop-up shop in Plymouth.  Using an iPad and the Stop Motion Studio app from Cateater (available for free on iOS and Android) we set about releasing our inner movie director creativity.  It wasn’t long before some fantastic videos began to take shape.

The process is simple, stop motion is a technique used in animation to bring static objects to life.  To do this a series of photos (called a frame) are taken with each photo involving a new stage of motion.  When all the frames are pieced together in order it shows the entire movements of the objects used. You may remember creating a flip book as a child where you drew an image or cartoon character on each page of the book but with subtle changes from the last image such as limbs moving or facial expressions changing, and this is the same principle.  Stop motion allows us to bring objects that can’t move by themselves to life.  Whilst CGI (computer aided imagery) has taken over in mainstream movie making stop motion still has a place and is used in adverts, music videos, TV shows, and films.

The app allows you to add each photo together to make one finished movie of the entire movement and overlay sounds, music, frames, and text. There’s even the ability to film the objects in front of a green screen to then overlay a special background like a moonscape or forest.  Many modern special effects films use this process to create amazing backdrops that transport the viewer to another world.

We had a number of props and pieces available for people to use on the day: Lego figures, super heroes, stick people, and one of the days favourites – dinosaurs with their own realistic teeth and bone crunching jaws! All of these objects are designed to give everyone a choice and allow them to create unique movies.  We all had great fun being creative and learning something new and loved watching everyone’s finished movies.

We’d like to thank everyone who attended the day and for making it happen. If you’d like to attend a future stop motion workshop or any of our other creative workshops on offer, or would just like to find out a bit more please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the one of the team on 0330 088 3005 or via email [email protected].