Why do you make stop motion videos?
I was having Whoppers (yeah, those malted milk balls) for lunch one day, and being one that plays with her food, I thought I’d check out the Instagram video feature. This monkey is what came out of it. It’s not awesome at all, but I thought, Hey…that was kind of cool, and I was hooked.
I get asked this question quite a bit and sometimes I can sense people thinking Why?, even if they don’t say it out loud. I get why. I’m not being paid, I spend money and a lot of time making them, they are definitely not high quality (yet), they are not getting thousands of hits (I’m lucky if I get 20), so why bother?
Honestly, I just really enjoy making them. It helps me combine my love for design, creativity, and movement into a video. I am constantly inspired by colors, objects, brands, companies, and the people around me. Therefore, I wanted a space where I could play around with video to capture these things. I’m still very much a novice, but hopefully with the right amount of skill, motivation, and creativity, I’ll get better.
How do you make them?
Everything is shot on my iPhone 5s, and now 6s. I’ll either use a tripod and mount, an iStabilizer Flex, or set-up a makeshift tripod (with books, boxes, igloos, cans, chairs, etc.) to set up the camera. I use the Vinyet app to record, edit, and add music to the video. A progress bar tells you when you’ve reached 6 seconds for Vine and 15 for Instagram, so that really helps.
If you’re looking to make clear, HD quality videos, shoot with a DSLR camera and use video-editing software (which happens to be my next big feat). Always have a game plan in mind—map out what you want to happen in your video first, before actually recording.
Does it take a long time?
Remember, you’re moving each object…shooting…moving…shooting…moving…shooting—this can take a while. Sometimes you’ll find that creating the “stage”—finding or making props, setting-up, gluing, taping, etc., take longer than actually shooting the video (e.g. in Koala Saves the Pink Starburst—it was easy to move the objects once the jungle was set up). Stop motion videos take a lot of patience. I can spend anywhere between 1 ½ – 4 hours making just one. This includes setting up the tripod, positioning the iPhone, creating the stage, shooting, editing along the way, finding music, and then uploading it. To answer the question: Yes, but I love it!
Top image: Waffle from the original Barnaby’s Cafe on Fairview (Houston); shot with my iPhone. (In my opinion, this is the best waffle around town!)