Make a Scene This Halloween!

by Megan -

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!