I have a ten year old who dreams of one day being a movie producer/director, so when we found out we were being sent the Stop Motion Animation Kit from Stopmotion Explosion he was so excited! He would sit and watch for the mail to come to see if it had arrived for days after I told him it had been sent.
The Stop Motion Animation Kit we received included a 1080p HD video camera, animation software (cd and download versions), a 290 page book covering all aspects of stopmotion animation, and a quick-start guide. I will talk about a few of these components in detail later in this review.
What is stopmotion animation?
Before I get into sharing more about this awesome kit, let me explain briefly what stopmotion animation entails. When creating a stopmotion film, objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion when the series of frames is played back as a fast sequence. A film as short as one minute can contain as many as 30 or more individually captured images! Creating this kind of film can be very tedious and attention to detail is required. Think of all those classic claymation films from your childhood - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer being my personal favorite. These were produced with stopmotion animation using elements made from clay! Read More...