by Megan - Monday, December 09, 2013 - Permalink
When it comes to learning, we think a hands-on approach is the best way to get concepts through to kids. Plus, now with iPads in classrooms across the globe, it's more important than ever that we provide students and teachers with the best apps to help maximize the potential of iPad-learning. In steps our very own iStopMotion for iPad. Luckily, iPads in the Classroom, a UK website, is backing us up here in their article, "Bring Learning to Life on the iPad with iStopMotion."
They say: "Stop motion animation is a style of movie making that involves single photographs of an object in various positions that, when stitched together, appear as though the inanimate object has a life of it’s own. Some of the most impressive ways of creating a stop motion video include the use of clay or puppetry — both of which are still popular today, like the tv series Wallace & Gromit or the hit film Coraline. iStopmotion is the go-to app when it comes to creating a stop motion animation on your iPad."
iPads in the Classroom gives iStopMotion a 5-Star Super rating! "Overall, iStopMotion is the complete package for creating animations on the iPad. It’s fun, easy to use and is perfect for all ages."
For those looking to use iStopMotion for iPad in the classroom, they provide some great ideas on what you can do:
- Document how the weather changes throughout the day
- Time lapse of a plant growing over a period of time
- Record a painting being created
- Animate your school logo
And don't forget, iStopMotion for iPad is also a great tool to use at home with your kids. Animate all of your toys, record a time lapse of a blizzard while staying warm by the fireplace, and bring all of your Christmas presents to life! We've included a time lapse above of us baking some delicious holiday cookies (recipe here) - hopefully it inspires you to "cook" something up of your own!
by Megan - Wednesday, December 04, 2013 - Permalink
When Phillip Barnhard and the rest of the team at M/C/C decided to take a different approach to their yearly holiday eGreeting card, they turned to iStopMotion. M/C/C is a full-service integrated marketing communications agency based in Dallas, Texas. Because they always encourage their clients, which include Texas Instruments, Harris CapRock and Chuck E. Cheese’s, to do something different and bold, they wanted their holiday greeting card to echo that sentiment.
“I ran across several Post-it stop motion videos that other filmmakers had posted to YouTube and I remember being blown away by the production and technique,” Phillip, a video producer at M/C/C, says. To incorporate their company’s values, Phillip had the idea to add things you might find at an employee’s desk. He pitched the idea of creating a wintery scene out of Post-its, and the rest was history. Everyone was on board.
The project consisted of three crewmembers, 632 sticky notes, 11 binder clips, six pencils, a stapler and a highlighter. The holiday eGreeting card, titled “Snow-motion,” was shot in M/C/C’s video suite using a Sony Handicam hooked up to a Macbook Pro.
“My favorite feature is definitely the onion skinning,” Phillip says. “During our big blizzard scene at the beginning of the film, the onion skinning feature allowed us to isolate which Post-its had not been moved. When you’re moving more than 75 pieces per frame, you lose track of which Post-its have been moved. Onion skinning made it easy for the crew to identify which ones were left to move and complete the shot.” Phillip also loves how easy iStopMotion is to use. He notes that you rarely run across sophisticated video software that you can download, learn and start production in a matter of minutes. He thinks it’s the perfect tool for amateur filmmakers to create entertaining films from home.
The response to the eGreeting card was overwhelmingly positive. Several clients said it was the best holiday video they had ever seen! Phillip says that the most gratifying moments came when industry peers recognized their hard work. “Snow-motion” won three awards in 2012 – a Silver Telly for Online Video, a Silver Davey for Online Advertising-Video, and a Bronze ADDY for Advertising Industry Self-Promotion: Interactive. It’s one of the most decorated creative pieces in M/C/C’s 27-year history.
Want to do something special for your holiday greeting this year, too? Check out M/C/C’s eGreeting card above and their YouTube Channel for some inspiration. Here’s another good one from M/C/C – not stop motion animation, but still hilarious. If you’re ready to give stop motion or time-lapse movies a shot, download iStopMotion for Mac (free five-day trial available) or iStopMotion for iPad and get animating! Happy Holidays!
by Megan - Monday, December 02, 2013 - Permalink
Cyber Monday-Shmyber Monday (amiright?!). This year, it's all about WINNING an iPad mini 2, courtesy of the Animation Chefs. But hurry - you have until midnight on Tuesday December 3rd to submit an animation. Remember, this is a contest, so animations are not judged, but rather give the creators an entry. Names are tossed into the Chefs' Pot-O-Problems and chosen randomly.
Check out the video above from Kids Create Art - an iStopMotion Humpty Project-slash-Doctor Who tribute to inspire your own creation. And don't forget, you can download a FREE trial version of iStopMotion to get you started on creating a stop motion animation for the Animation Chefs' Humpty Project contest. Simply visit this page and click download, then you'll be prompted to register for the free trial version. Happy animating, and good luck!
by Megan - Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - Permalink
The technique of tilt shifting is becoming increasingly popular in the film world. This effect uses tilt shift lenses to manipulate the depth of field and perspective of scenes filmed through a normal lens. By rotating the lens against the image plane (tilt) and the movement of the lens along the image plane (shift), filmmakers are able to obtain a very shallow depth of field, distorting the focus of the image.
Using the tilt shift technique often results in “miniature faking.” The effect of this is a life-sized scene being “faked” to look miniature. This is what Keith Loutit achieved with “The Lion City,” his time-lapse animation of the beauty of Singapore. His idea behind the film was to use the tilt shift technique to let the viewer experience the focus and distance of Singapore for themselves. He also wanted to translate Singapore’s constant heat and humidity, which resulted in some really great shots that played on the distortion of the image’s focus.
The film was shot in all digital stills on Nikon D3s and D4 bodies along with the Canon 5D MKII/Little Bramper combination for some day to night work. Keith also used an extremely large-scale dolly for the tracking shots, and he used lenses whenever possible for the different focusing effects. He edited the film in Final Cut Pro and added effects in After Effects. All of this resulted in an incredibly unique and surreal view of Singapore. Check out Keith Loutit’s “The Lion City” above!
Want to try your hand at creating a film like “The Lion City”? iStopMotion offers features that give you the perfect opportunity to mimic the tilt shift effect in a time lapse just like Loutit’s. Keith Loutit used time-lapse animation to speed up different aspects of his film, such as traffic racing along below the buildings. Try using iStopMotion’s time-lapse feature to show movements sped up in time, like the blooming of a flower, the melting of ice or a sunrise or sunset.
iStopMotion also has its own tilt shift feature that mimics the effect created with specialized tilt shift lenses. It does a fantastic job of tricking the eye into seeing something a bit differently, just as “The Lion City” does. Tilt shift is perfect for stop motion animation’s small movements and individually photographed frames. This unique pairing of tilt shift with stop motion and time lapse recording software allows animators to expand creative expression, manipulating the depth of field of their images so that life-sized locations or subjects appear miniature in size. For a great example, this time lapse from the Munich Olympic Tower was created using iStopMotion’s tilt shift effect. To make your own film using tilt shift, just draw the line you want your image plane rotated against right on the screen, and then adjust the focus. You can even adjust the picture’s color using the scales on the side of the screen to give it more of an interesting effect. Use iStopMotion’s tilt shift feature to show off your own unique perspective!
We’d love to see what you can do with iStopMotion! Hit us with your best “shot!”*Please note: the above example was not created using iStopMotion
by Megan - Friday, November 22, 2013 - Permalink
Check out this great iStopMotion time-lapse video submission from Mathias Thibaud! It details a day in the life of Korpo, which is a small island in the Finnish archipelago. The short film was made using an iPhone 5 connected by Wi-Fi to a Mac using iStopMotion.
“En dag i Korpo,” or “One Day in Korpo,” poses a question we’ve all heard in relation to our home town: “But what do you really do there?!” The film takes us through all of the things a resident of Korpo does on an average day. They include chopping wood, cooking and eating pizza (our personal favorite), cleaning dishes, building furniture, going out to eat at cafes, watching boats go by, reading, and of course, relaxing!
Isn’t it lovely to live in Korpo? We sure think so! Show us what’s wonderful about your own hometown by creating your own iStopMotion video!
by Megan - Monday, November 18, 2013 - Permalink
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty won an iPad that’s small! Want to win an iPad mini 2? Our friends the Animation Chefs are giving one away! Just follow these simple steps to enter:
1. Subscribe to Animation Chefs. All you need to do is submit your name and email, and you’ll be on your way to joining all of the exclusive animation fun!
2. After you’ve subscribed, head on over to the members area and watch the short video (also above) to download the cutout template of Humpty Dumpty.
3. Now it’s your turn to create! Use your Humpty Dumpty cutout to make your own short animated film. Seem a bit daunting? Don’t worry … they’re only looking for a 5-15 second movie!
4. Then send the link to your film over to the Animation Chefs, and they’ll toss your name into their Pot-O-Problems. In their next episode, they’ll draw a name from the pot; that person will receive a brand new iPad mini 2!
You must be 18 years or older to enter. Teachers, parents and media mentors: help your young animators win by entering on their behalf. Hurry to enter, though, because the contest ends on December third! Keep in mind, this is not a competition, it's a contest - so everyone has an equal chance at winning.
Best of luck to all of you aspiring animators out there! And don’t forget, iStopMotion is a great way to create stop motion animations. You can even download a FREE trial version of the software (just click "download") to get started! As the Chefs would say, Bon Animate!
PS: Check out episodes and animations from the Animation Chefs, plus read their tips and tricks on animating for inspiration and guidance when creating your own Humpty stop action clip!
by Megan - Friday, November 15, 2013 - Permalink
From October 10, 2013 to August 31, 2014, visitors to The Museum of Modern Art can visit its latest Art Lab installation, which focuses on movement. Located on the first floor of the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, MoMA Art Labs are designed to offer children and families an immersive experience during their Museum visit.
Now in its sixth year, each Lab installation features a different theme, with activities set up throughout the space that facilitate a deeper relationship between the visitor and the concepts of modern art. We’re extremely proud to say that Boinx’s iStopMotion for iPad plays a role in MoMA Art Lab: Movement. One of a variety of activities in the Lab, iStopMotion for iPad – and stop motion animation in general – enables visitors to experiment with the act of moving objects to create a short film. Other activities featured in the Lab allow visitors to experiment with performance art, discover the gestures artists make when creating art, play with balance while making a mobile, and much more.
MoMA Art Lab: Movement is a great place for kids to explore their creative side and learn more about different ways artists can represent movement in art, design, and film. We strongly encourage everyone out there to visit the Lab and try their hand at some stop motion animation. MoMA Art Lab is open Saturday through Thursday from 10:30am to 4:30pm, and Fridays from 10:30am to 6:30pm. Learn more about MoMA Art Lab: Movement here.
by Megan - Monday, November 11, 2013 - Permalink
If you’re one of over a billion people worldwide that have an iPhone, chances are you use it for nearly everything. When Markus Oertly decided he wanted to use his for quick, on-demand filming of his stop-motion movies, he knew that iStopMotion with its companion Remote Camera app were the perfect choice for him. While he enjoyed the program, he knew the phone would benefit from a stand that would optimize the stability of the image. So Markus decided to create one.
He tried a few different methods, including glue and paperclips, before deciding that the best design was to build the iPhone stand using only a (sturdy) sheet of paper. His 12-year-old daughter was more than happy to make the initial ten working prototypes with the promise of a money reward!
Markus is currently working on several projects with his new iPhone stand prototype for iStopMotion. He’s gotten quite a positive reaction so far. One school that he introduced the stand to thought it was a great idea. Since then, the school has been working on developing a few more ways to get the iPhone and the iPad into the filming scene. Talk about planting the seed of knowledge and watching it grow!
On iStopMotion itself, Markus says that it’s “a cool software, and it has good user interface.” For the past eight years, he has taught students to work with iStopMotion since its very first version.
“It’s very important to know how to use stop-motion or time-lapse movies as a didactical method to learn something new,” Markus says. “Right now, we’re preparing a course for higher-education students. The problem is that they know too much! By building a stop-motion movie, they have to reduce the content as much as possible. With iStopMotion, they have the perfect tool to do this.”
Markus recently taught a course on stop-motion at “Schweizerischen SFIB-Tagung” in Bern, Switzerland using iStopMotion. He was happy to find that the students were really impressed! One person said that Markus’s panel was the highlight of the whole conference. “Later that evening, I got an email with a stop-motion clip which was built right after the panel during the rest of the conference.” He laughs, “I told them before … it’s addictive!”
Be sure to print out one of Markus’s iPhone stand templates to help you create your own iStopMotion film! It’s as easy as pressing “record!”
In case you don't speak German, here is a cheat-sheet for Markus' iPhone stand:
1. Use a sturdy/thick sheet of paper.
2. Cut along the dotted lines.
3. Fold along the solid lines.
Check out this slideshow for further help.
Enjoy the time lapse video above of Kristiansund Harbor in Norway, which Oliver created while at the Nordic Lights Festival earlier this year!
by Megan - Wednesday, November 06, 2013 - Permalink
Geekazine recently checked out iStopMotion for the Mac; here is what he has to say about it:
"Stop motion is an art that some excel in. Claymation and LEGO motion are both types of Stop motion video. Movies like Wallace and Grommet and Chicken Run use this technique. Now you can, too! [...] I am not a stop motion expert by any means, but this software made is easy to create my own videos and animated GIFs.
This is fun software. It made things easy and I was able to put together some great short videos. I can also set up time-lapse to capture longer videos in shorter times. Maybe a sunrise or sunset."
Read the rest of Geekazine's review of iStopMotion here.
by Megan - Thursday, October 31, 2013 - Permalink
Walt Disney Pictures / Via Buzzfeed.com
The day of pumpkins, black cats and candy is finally here! And, if you’re anything like me, the perfect thing to go with a nice big bowl, ahem, piece of candy is a creepy Halloween movie. Buzzfeed recently published an article highlighting one of the most popular Halloween flicks out there, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Did you know that The Nightmare Before Christmas was made entirely using stop motion animation? Buzzfeed found 20 crazy-interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the movie, and some of them are real shockers!
For instance, the stop motion musical was shot at 24 frames per second, meaning that they had to pose multiple characters 24 times for each second of the completed film. The more frames to a second means the more fluid the shot will look when it’s finished. That’s why The Nightmare Before Christmas looks so realistic. The whole film consists of roughly 110,000 frames!
Did you know that the sculpture department consisted of only four people? That accounted for the creation of over 60 different characters. Trap doors were also built underneath the set so animators could pop through and animate in between scenes. That’s definitely an idea to think about when crafting your own stop motion animations!
It’s true that even in the professional film industry, everyone makes mistakes. If there was ever a problem with a frame, the team would have to go back and re-photograph the entire scene. The entire film actually took more than three years to complete. Patience is the key to stop motion animation! But don’t let that scare you away from creating your own stop action film – they can be as long or as short as you want.
Want to read more crazy facts about The Nightmare Before Christmas? Check out the rest of Buzzfeed’s article here.
So, what are your plans for this year’s Halloween? Trick-or-Treating? Dressing up in costume? Or maybe you’ll be putting together a spooky stop motion animation to celebrate! We have some great ideas to get your wands sparking…
1. Make a time-lapse animation of you or a friend carving a jack o’ lantern. This is a great way to show all the hard work and little details that go into something that really isn’t as effortlessly creepy as it looks!
2. You could also make a time-lapse animation of the crazy Halloween makeup process. Want to show off how you went from a regular mortal to a bloodthirsty vampire, a wicked witch or a horrifying ghoul? A time-lapse animation is the perfect way to detail your transformation!
3. Are you giving out candy this year? Another great time-lapse idea is to use iStopMotion to document the emptying candy bowl as the night goes on.
4. What if you could trick AND treat? Animate pieces of your favorite candy to be tasty Halloween tricksters. What trouble is in store for your M&Ms and Reese’s cups this Halloween? The possibilities are endless … of course, don’t eat the candy until AFTER the animation is complete!
5. Try out your best Tim Burton skills! Put together some of your own spooky clay figures and create a Halloween-themed stop motion film. Don’t have clay? Use whatever household objects you can find – paper, string, feathers, and even ordinary objects like utensils – then make them come to life (or death, depending on how you look at it).
6. Whiteboard and chalkboard animations are also a great way to get into the spirit of Halloween. Use stop motion to put a series of orange and black drawings together as moving artwork!
See what iStopMotion ideas you can come up with this on this spooky day. Think you’ve got what it takes to scare the team at Boinx? Give it a shot and send over your best Halloween creations!