Introduction to Stop
What is Stop Motion Animation?
Stop motion is an animated filmmaking technique in which objects are physically moved in very small movements
between photographed frames so that they will appear to be in motion when the series of frames are played back.
For this activity you will need:
Tablet or Smartphone
Software / App
Stop Motion Studio (Free) or
Stop Motion Studio Pro (Paid)
This is an introduction to the basic skills needed to make your very own stop motion animation.
You will learn:
How to use Stop Motion Studio App
This will include the layout of the app, key functions, how to take pictures, delete pictures, Onion
Skinning/Ghost Mode, and how to view animation playback.
How to set up a scene
This will include hints and tips on how to set up a scene, examples of scenes and ideas of what
household items can be used.
How to animate
Hints and tips on how to make your animation as smooth as possible by using small movements
and taking more pictures.
Making sure your device is set up correctly
Create a set and characters
Before starting the animation, you need to
decide where your movie will be set and what
you will be using.
In the video, we will be using Lego to build a set
and Lego characters, but you can use other
objects if you do not have Lego.
To make your set, you could use old shoe boxes
or small boxes and decorate them in different
ways, using paper, paint, colouring pencils and
When it comes to choosing your character,
Lego, dolls or toys with moveable limbs work
best, as you will be able to animate their
movements more realistically.
You could also use clay, plasticine or Play Doh
to create a character to animate. If you do this,
make sure your characters are fairly chunky so
they don't break while animating their
What amazing world could you
create as your background?
Set up your tablet
Before any animation can start, we must get our device set up on a stand, easel, tripod, stand built into a case or a
creative stand made by you.
Next step is to make sure your characters and set all fit in your shot, so you may need to move the device, the angle of
the device or the set to fit in your shot.
Making an Animation.
The app used for making a stop motion animation is Stop Motion Studio (free) or Stop Motion Studio Pro (paid).
Make sure when animating to make small movements of your character or object that is being animated and to take a picture every
time you make a movement.
Be sure to watch the video of Captain America walking towards the screen that accompanies this document, this talks you through
how to start animating. Remember the tip of previewing your movie by pressing the play button to look for mistakes and to see how
smooth your animation looks.
How to delete any mistakes
Find the thumbnail picture at the bottom of the
screen, tap on it and this will bring up a bubble full
of options. Tap delete. This feature was covered in
the video just after the introduction of how to
Onion Skinning/Ghost Mode
If your device gets accidentally moved or any of
your set accidentally gets knocked over, you can
use this feature to reset the camera location,
character location etc. This is the last skill
demonstrated in video and is the slider on the left-
hand side of the screen
Developing your skills further
Use your favourite films, animations, TV shows or Cartoons as inspiration to create your next animation.
Share your creations with us!