The SLR Camera
is a powerful stop motion animation program for the Macintosh.
turns a PC and compatible image source into a combination of a single
frame movie camera and an advanced movie viewer.
photography is a very old technology that students can have fun with
using modern techniques. Stop motion technology predates film and
photography and can be traced back hundreds of years. The earliest
recorded use of what is known as "Retention of Image" dates back to the
days of Sir Isaac Newton but did not become well established until 1829
when Joseph Plateau began experimenting with the theory. These early
"Thaumatropes" were just coin sized discs that had different images on
each side. Strings were attached to the edges and then it was spun. the
image would look as if it were one single
this principal was used to create several devises of different shapes
but all of which used multiple still images in a circular pattern that
were viewed through small slits giving the illusion of movement.
These same principles are still used
today in every type of motion picture we see. The only difference is
that with today's technology we can put the pictures together so
seamlessly that the brain does not realize it is just seeing a bunch of
still photographs. Typically, the cartoons we see today (and for quite
some time) are individually drawn images that are photographed and
played back at a rate of 24 frames per second. at this rate, the brain
perceives what it is seeing as "real life". The brain actually works at
a rate of about 60 "frames per second". You can also think of it as the
brain deciphering 60 individual images every second. For comparison, a
house fly "sees" at about 300 frames per second. This is why it is so
hard to kill a fly with your bare hand, they can see and react to the
movement five times faster than we can.
Everyone has watched a cartoon
and has a basic understanding of how they are made. Now you get
to be the animator and show off both your technical and artistic
abilities. Whether you want to be unique and create a new character or
if you want to recreate a favorite movie scene or even spoof one, the
choice is yours.
Each group is to
brainstorm and agree upon a suitable theme as well as what they will
use as far as props, background and "characters" in their movie.
- The movie can be done using
Stopmotionpro version 4 (demo-
password is woody) @
or with one of the many other free
and or demo downloads found on the internet.
- For best results,
the movie should probably be done using "Studio 9" .
- The pictures can be taken using
your personal digital cameras or the Tech Ed digital cameras. The
story and choice of what you want to use as your players is
completely up to you. The only limitations are that it must not be
distasteful or obscene and may not contain graphic violence.
- You may have to touch up
individual pics on Photoshop
- The movie must be at least 1min
long at a rate of at least 15 frames per second. If you want to make
it longer or a higher quality (frame rate), by all means do.
- Your movie will require a min of
3 sequences. (The 1st = an establishing shot)
- Each group must create a
storyboard that roughly outlines the story they want to photograph
and what the characters will be so once you start you will have some
direction. Storyboards must be submitted before photography can
- If you use downloaded stop motion
software; your movie will likely have to be saved as an avi. When
you are ready to make the avi be sure to have the proper settings
for your frame rate, usually between 10 and 15 fps is good. 20 is
even better but requires a lot of pictures.
- Once you have finished making
the avi you will then import it into Studio 9 where you can add the
sound effects or voice overs you desire. All movies are to have some
type of sound added. The final product will be submitted with a copy
of your storyboard.
Computer (home or Tech Ed class)
Stopmotionpro V4 (demo) (Stop
Motion Pro - animation software) Allows 30 tries,
(opens 30 times) but will leave a red line through the video. The actual
license is very affordable.
MakeAVI - home page is another free animation creator
download that can easily generate your animation. It's not a demo, but
you can't see the thumbnails when editing, other wise it is an easy to
"Photo Shop" software can be used to fix frames, rid of
strings, hands etc, or even modify and produce missing frames.
"Studio 9" or "I Movie"(installed on your computers) can take your AVI's
and compress them better for internet usage, as well as add special
effects and so-on.
Blank paper for storyboard
Digital camera (personal or Tech Ed class)
Clay or any other material including action figures, pose able dolls,
Cardboard with background for movie
Storyboard including movie
plot and characters to be included 30%
Proper setup of background and camera prep, photos saved properly 30%
Final movie file follows all requirements 40%
Before you start you should think
carefully about what you want to do. Not only in the storyboard but
exactly how you will have to manipulate the figures etc. Remember, it
looks cool to have a car falling off of a table but you will have to
have at least two strings attached to be able to make it look halfway
- this link may answer
some questions and has a few movies you can watch.
- before starting you may want to
check out this site.
-see Davey and Goliath from the TV ads