Stop Motion Essentials

Complete guide on creating Stop Motion Animation from scratch in a budget; covering from software to hardware to more.
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  • Lectures 40
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2014 English

Course Description

A to Z of Stop motion essentials. Includes every detail and training on a variety of stop motion animations apart from in depth knowledge about any equipment or software involved in its execution. With special stress on how to do it on a budget.

STOP MOTION ANIMATION is either perceived to be too easy by some, until they try a hand at it, or too difficult, until they try a hand at it. The art of Stop Motion animation is neither too difficult nor too easy. It is just too interesting.

In this course you shall be guided on every nuance you need to know to be able to execute almost every type of Stop Motion Animation.

We shall cover every step in details, ranging from what and how a story for stop motion animation should be and how does it differ from other forms of story telling. We cover how to create an environment that finally leads to the execution of that story.

We learn every essential technology involved in the production of a stop motion animation and even discuss a few trade secrets, tips and tricks.

The language of the course is simple English, and we have not tried to come off as hard core geeks who use unfathomable words. And even if we do mention such words here and there, we always follow it with explanation and relevance.

the HIGHLIGHT OF THIS COURSE is that you not only learn how to make a great stop motion animation but also become comfortable and then confidant in VIDEO EDITING ON ADOBE PREMIERE PRO CS6 and LEARN PHOTOGRAPHY ON DSLR WITH IN DEPTH UNDERSTANDING OF MANUAL SETTINGS. This course will make you a master in things that may open more creative doors for you in the field of media.

You could complete the course in 1 day if you wanted, but we recommend you take it slow and take at least 7 days to complete this course.

The structure of the course is like a seed that grows into a tree. Every following lecture will make more sense as you go along and seem effortlessly organic.

Stop Motion animation, if used intelligently, if really charming and amazing. But the best part about this animation is, that you don't even need to be a professional animator to be able to execute this. It will just be a shame to not know this one.

What are the requirements?

  • You will need a camera (DSLR or Point and Shoot)
  • A computer with a professional video editing software
  • A lot of creativity

What am I going to get from this course?

  • You will be able to execute three different types of Stop Motion Animation and have in depth knowledge of how to become more creative and innovative with future projects of Stop Motion Animation.
  • You will become fluent in professional video editing software
  • You will have in depth knowledge of a DSLR and how to use it in manual settings.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone can do stop motion. Our language of Instruction is English, so that is the only requirement you need to become a part of this course.
  • Film Makers
  • Video Editors
  • Photographers
  • Artists

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
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Section 1: Introduction to Stop Motion

Lets start with the basics. Get the base clear to build our knowledge of stop motion on it.


A brief introduction to the various types of stop motion animations out there, what they look like and what shall we be learning here in this course.

Section 2: What we need

Stop Motion Animation requires parallel gathering of a lot of materials from a lot of different departments. Here is an overview.

Section 3: Fundamentals of Stop Motion

The basic mechanism, the main core of how it essentially works.


What separates Stop Motion from a Video.

Section 4: Camera Lessons

A brief look on to which camera to use while shooting for Stop Motion and why.


The creative debate over the confusion of zooming or not.


The essential understanding of Focus.


The essential understanding of Shutter Speed.


The essential understanding of Aperture.


The essential understanding of ISO.


The essential understanding of White Balance.

10 questions

A run through with Camera essentials

Section 5: Story and Characters

Certain essentials, we take for granted before we get in to writing for Stop Motion. A discussion on how writing for Stop Motion is different from other forms story writing.


There are a few tips and tricks, dos and donts of designing for Stop Motion, all discussed in this lecture.


We create a sample story, for which we will create materials, shoot and edit in the following lectures.

Section 6: Story Boarding

The importance of creating a story board and its many benefits along with a detailed description of how to create an effective story board.

Section 7: Preparing for shoot

Every thing non technical that needs to be prepared for shooting your story before you shoot.


Where to shoot, how and with what.

Section 8: Setting up camera and lighting

Stop Motion Animation requires a specific way of setting up a camera for shooting. Here is how.


The various tips and tricks of lighting for Stop Motion Animation.

Section 9: Shooting for Stop Motion

The precise art of shooting for Stop Motion Animation.

Section 10: Editing Essentials

An introduction to our editing software.


What is your workspace like.


How to import and other essentials related to it.


Exploring the Bin Window.


Understanding the Source Monitor.


Understanding the Timeline.


Understanding our tool box and more.


How to slow down, hasten and reverse a video.


Playing with effects.


Understanding Transitions.


Must remember pointers for editing.


How to play around with your workspace.


Adding text to your videos.


Finally turning it all in to a movie.

Section 11: Editing for stop motion

How to use our editing knowledge for editing a Stop Motion Animation part 1.

How to use our editing knowledge for editing a Stop Motion Animation part 2. DOWNLOADABLE MATERIAL: Available with this lecture is a group of source file images of the same Cut Out Stop Motion Animation we just shot and learned to edit, for you to practice on.
Section 12: Other types of stop motion
Stop Motion Animation using people. DOWNLOADABLE MATERIAL: Available with this lecture is a group of source file images of the same People Stop Motion Animation we just saw, for you to practice editing on.
Stop Motion Animation, sketching style! DOWNLOADABLE MATERIAL: Available with this lecture is a group of source file images of the same Sketch Stop Motion Animation we just saw, for you to practice editing on.
Section 13: Final Films

Lets take a look at all the films we have worked on so far.

10 questions

A simple quiz designed for a revision across all lectures, to check if you remember the essentials.

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Instructor Biography

I am a Film Maker from India, and also the co founder of the media production house, Big Klick Films. It is this production house that i represent here on udemy.

Something quite unique about Big Klick is its most certainly mad, film fanatic of a team. Not to mention award winning and well-travelled, with a camera for a companion.

The thing that makes them not so different from you is that they share that same passion of yours; to make that film project the best film project ever.

They have been awarded by HMV Sa Re Ga Ma, made documentaries for National Television, partnered with Protsahan India Foundation to make films for UNICEF and their Red Siren Campaign, covered civil wars in Congo, Somalia and Iraq for BBC, "shot" animals with the tribes of Orissa for CARE, penetrated the deepest Bastis of Delhi and taught Film Making to those awesome Basti kids, not to mention, made innumerable number of fictions and what-not type of films with those same kids, affiliated with NMPB for their documentaries, made corporate films for Japanese companies and fictions for Poland, gathered news for Quebec, travelled almost the whole of the country with their DSLRS for photography with Mahindra.

They are mad, passionate film makers, who are awesome at their art. They are not just any other Ad agency or just another group of Film Makers in Delhi. They are pretty much a solid package of all things film and they are hard to find.

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