Stop-Motion ABCs

Stop-Motion ABCs

I've been wanting to shoot time lapse videos of my art projects, so I could see how they come together.

I bought a tripod for my iPhone. Then I found an old audio recording of Liam saying his ABCs, and I thought it would make a cute video. So I downloaded the OSnap app, dug out his alphabet magnets and went to work making my first stop-motion video.

Things I Learned Making My First Stop-Motion Video

  1. Timing is everything. I could have saved myself a lot of editing if I had payed closer attention to the time settings for the camera, especially since I was lining up the animation with an existing audio.
  2. Lighting is important, too. I was just using overhead office lights, but I think the video would have turned out much nicer with consistent studio lighting.
  3. Create a story board. Stop motion looks best if you pay attention to the "ripple effect" of moving objects. I found this challenging because I was making the movements up as I went along. With a storyboard, I could have worked better and faster.