Monday July 28, 2014

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Stop motion

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In my world of three and five-year-old Star Wars-obsessed little people, I find that I watch a lot of Lego Star Wars movies, as they’re much more age appropriate than the originals.

We’ve already completed several Lego Star Wars books that my children have created, and I believe our next venture with the Lego Mini Figures will be a stop motion video. I’ve always loved the look of stop motion video but had never investigated it very much.

Fortunately for us, we live in a world of seemingly infinite technology and “there’s an app for that.” Yes, there are several really well done stop motion video apps that are even free and available for Mac and Android users.

Creating your own stop motion video would be a fantastic family or date night project that has the potential to unleash a lot of creativity.

You don’t have to be limited to using Lego figures at all. Use yourselves as the cast, use your own food (think Veggie Tales), Barbies or really anything that you can move around – and they don’t even have to be characters. Once you pick your cast, sit down together and sketch out a rough storyboard so that you minimally know your beginning, middle and end.

Also, decide what you need for your setting. As a part of my son’s schooling, I’ll be having him create mini settings inside shoe boxes, like of the bottom as the backdrop and the box on its side. This is a great job for anyone with an eye for design.
Haul out a few home decorating magazines and cut pictures out to create your room or draw your own fantasy location.

If you really want to take control over the entire process you can create your own score. Is anyone in the family musically inclined? Have them play and record the music to use. When creating your shots you can use your phone/tablet camera right within the app and it will help you string it all together.

In the end you’ll have an original little movie and major “cool parent” points.

 


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