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How to make a Stop-motion movie from scratch!
Picture from my first stop-motion
Making Stop-motion Movies!
Ever wanted to make a stop-motion film but didn't know how or have the funds to carry it out. Will, it's not as at expensive as you may think. Now, you could go all out getting a second mortgage or getting a loan from, mom and dad. But you really don't need to; making a stop-motion film can be make very cheep. As far as how hard it is, not at all. There is a lot on stop-motion film making that a five year old can do. Maybe not literally, with some help, like I have here for you. First step, find the software you like. There are many to choose from and some start around $50.00 and up depending on what they offer. So, take your time and choose the one that fits your needs. Back in 1983 I had a VHS camcorder that had a still frame option. It recorded to the VHS tape and you just played it back. But there was no way to record sound in the still setting. So I bought a nice cassette tape recorded and made the soundtrack, then recorded it all onto another VHS using two VCR's. Now, you can do it all from your computer. Making your set and characters for your movie, will that takes time and that's no joke! It takes the pros of a hundred artist and puppet makers over a year to make a stop-motion. It took me six months to shoot 20 minutes, another month to take down and reset another scene. But it was just me, no one else at all. I did have fun doing it and I learned a lot doing it. But if you have never made a film, you need to first do your home work and it can take time. But if your serious and want to go all the way, it will be fun! So you now have the software and ready for your next move. Get a digital camera with Homi ports so you can download your images to your computer. Then build your set, out of anything you want. I built my set from popsicle sticks and cardboard. Make sure before you start building you have plenty of room.