Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Stop Motion Animation

Alex and I went to a Halloween party at the Children's Museum last night. One of the neatest things we did was to make our first stop motion animated film!

Our idea was to have a story where the cat was going to attack the bird but the dog stops the cat. This was harder than we thought! We took over 100 photos, and the video was only a few seconds long. Also, in this clip, the man helping us has it where it keeps circling back to the beginning, so it is hard to tell where the story starts. And, he was in charge of taking the photos (we moved the characters) and we couldn't see what was happening so I got my hand in a few shots.
I was excited to see how the process works, though. And, he was using a free program called Monkey Jam. I just need to buy a camera for the computer and we'll be ready to try a "real" show!


Jennifer said...

You can make stop motion movies by simply using your digital camera and the Windows Movie Maker program that comes on teh computers. No need to buy anything more. They're so much fun to make. Here are some of ours.

Rhonda @ Preparation Education said...

Thanks for visiting my blog.

You have an awesome blog! I loved the Cleopatra costume. The stop motion animation is pretty cool too. I should see if I can try that out with my daughter. She loves that kind of stuff.

As for Albq., The zoo is quite a good one. The aquarium is so, so. But on certain days, you can get into the aquarium free if you go to the zoo, I think. We drove by the Teepee rocks. That was really cool. I want to go back because there are so many things we didn't get to do. I'll have to save my $$, I guess. We went for a business trip, but I want to take a week of our own and see some more things there. My friend that lives there says that Bandelier is the best place to visit, hands down. I think it's a few hours from Albq. though. I think that's why we didn't make it there. The other place I really wanted to go see was Petroglyph, but that's just because we had learned about it at a museum. I wanted to see if it's as big and amazing as the pictures at the museum.

Hope you have fun when you go!!

Robin said...

We have fun making these movies too. And we make ours like Jennifer suggested. You can even add music, or in GB's case, machine gun noises...LOL!
It sure does take a lot of pictures to make it good, though, doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

Hi Dana-

That last post about the dates was for the post on your daughter making a time line.


Dawn said...

How fun! It sounds like you have a great Children's museum.

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