Stop Motion Handbook by Craig Lauridsen

        Category: Book Reviews Stop-motion | Article posted on: August 24, 2011

Fast track the learning curve to making your own stop motion movies. It’s fun, it’s crazy, it’s addictive. The Stop Motion Handbook leads you through simple and robust processes helping both beginner and amateur animators make good decisions when creating stop motion movies.

As you learn how to avoid numerous common mistakes, your first movies will have the quality of a more seasoned movie maker. It’s a great guide for teachers, parents or children who want to produce their own stop motion movies. Learn key competencies across a broad range of learning areas:

• Developing a story and writing it into a SCRIPT

• Recording the AUDIO of the script (dialogue, sound effects, and music) in GarageBand, and saving it as a soundtrack

• Making PROPS and BACKGROUNDS and creating the CHARACTERS to bring your story to life

• Recording the stop motion PICTURES in iStopMotion

• EDITING the stop motion movie. Adding a title and credits in iMovie.

This book is an accessible reference resource; read it cover to cover, or dive in to a specific topic and work through the step by step guidelines. While the book covers many universal principles of stop motion the step by step examples refer to Mac software – GarageBand, iMovie and iStopMotion

The book is A5 size and has 192 pages including outlines for 13 teacher lesson plans.

Click on this link to download sample pages from the Stop Motion Handbook It will open as a pdf file.

What results can teachers expect?

In May 2011, 24 children, aged 8 to 15, had their first taste of stop motion at the Magma Short Film Festival in Rotorua, New Zealand.

They animated ‘Special Crime Unit’ – an 8 minute Lego stop motion inspired by popular TV shows such as CSI and NCIS.

Click here to watch Special Crime Unit

Each group of 3 children was given a set of common Lego characters and the pre-recorded soundtrack for their scene.

“The room had a buzz of excitement as groups would hear different parts of the soundtrack coming from the other tables. They knew that they were each part of something much bigger than themselves. One child said, “This is so exciting because I don’t know what is going to happen at the end of the story!” At the end of the day, it was a quick 5 minute process to combine all the segments and have a screening of the completed movie for the whole group and parents” writes Craig Lauridsen.