So you’ve done it! You made your first stop-motion video. Congratulations! Hopefully it was fun rather than frustrating, as I know it can be both! But now that you’ve got your footage, how to proceed? I won’t go too in-depth about editing as that could be a whole series on it’s own. But there is some software that can help get you started with editing. If you’re using a Mac or other Apple computer, I’d highly recommend iMovie. This software has been around forever and it’s one of the best for getting started. An added bonus is that it’s also available on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. If you're on the Windows side, I’d try something like Vegas Movie Studio. This software has also been around for a number of years; I’ve never used it myself but have read good reviews. If you don’t want to spend anything however you can also find some free software out there. Trials are also a good option, you’ll get an average of 30 days use at no cost to try out the paid version.
But what about your next video? Now that you’ve scratched the surface you must be excited to try more. Story generation can be challenging. And that’s where inspiration comes into play! Inspiration is something that we all need to make art, and stop-motion is no exception. An animated classic that I always go back to for inspiration is Wallace & Gromit. If you're interested in stop-motion, or just want to watch something entertaining, I would highly recommend checking it out. There are a number of shorts and also a few feature length installments. It’s truly unlike anything else you'll see, and for someone who wants to get into animation, there’s nothing I’d recommend more highly. Another cool series to watch is Morph, made by the same team that worked on Wallace & Gromit. The characters are sculpted entirely from clay, a true challenge to work with but amazing to watch. The studio that makes both of those series is called Aardman Animations. I’d recommend checking them out in general, as they have many other similar films and series.
I’ve done my best with this series but there is SO much more to learn beyond what I covered here. And for visual learners, video tutorials can be more effective than written guides. A website to take a look at is lynda.com. They have a few video courses that look promising. Of course the classic would be YouTube. And I know people might say that you can't learn much from YouTube videos. But trust me, I have learned so many different things from them. Chances are, if you’re having trouble with just about anything, you can bet someone has made a YouTube video about exactly that and how to fix it. Some inspiring stop-motion videos to see while you're on there, Lego In Real Life (Stop Motion) amazing video! Another is Stop-Motion Parkour, this blends real people and stop-motion to create a truly awesome action video. Stop-Motion Karate is another video by the same channel that did Stop-Motion Parkour. It’s in the same style and equally as satisfying!
Hopefully this series and the above resources will inspire you to create more in the amazing medium that is stop-motion animation. There’s nothing like it, and everyone has different ideas and methods! It’s ever changing and growing and I hope this series has made you want to go out and give it a try too. The only limit is your own creativity.
Stay tuned for more fun and informative blog posts. As always, please comment down below if you have any questions. And thank you for reading!
Until next time,