Techbrick LEGO Photos: Feb 23, 2007
Friday Night Club Does Stop-Motion Animation of the story of Jonah
Using LEGO Characters to Do Animation:
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|What we Did||On Friday night about 40 kids and parents gathered for our Friday night meeting. The activity was doing stop-motion animation using LEGO characters.|
We divided the attendees into three groups to tell the story of Jonah which divides nicely into three scenes.
Using a basic a home video program, Pinnacle Studio, Amy put the videos together in about 10 minutes and we all watched them before heading home. She then went back and cleaned the up, added some additional effects, and here they are for your viewing pleasure.
|How to do it.||Using any basic digital camera, you shoot a series of stills that are combined into a movie. Commercial animation is done at 32 frames per second which is WAY to many for an exercise like this. Four frames per second should be quite adequate. With a little experimentation and patience you'll get a feel for it.|
- Set the camera to 640x480 or the next higher resolution. You don't need super hi-res pictures.
- Setup some basic, consistent lighting and watch out for your own shadow.
- Setup a scene and make sure your elements can be positioned so they will stay in place.
- You can animate anything.
- Have fun.
|Software||There are numerous free programs that will combine your stills into video, however, the following two products are inexpensive and full-featured.|
- Pinnacle Studio products
- Adobe Elements Series
- This package is typically priced at $150 with frequent rebates. It provides a very capable video production suite with a powerful version of Photoshop as well.
- The main page on Adobe is at this link. http://www.adobe.com
- You can buy it BestBuy as well. Click here for info.
|Sample Videos||Amy demonstrated two animations she produced earlier.|
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