Materials and Supplies

Materials

Characters: 


You'll need something to actually make your characters out of.   If you are using clay, non-hardening clay will be best to ensure your character can be manipulated.  Toothpicks and paperclips can help you add details within the clay, however, you could also purchase sculpting tools as seen in the photo.  If you are looking for ideas on what characters to sculpt, books such as Clay Characters for Kids by Maureen Carlson, are a great start.  These books, however, often suggest using clay that hardens to create solid characters for display. Since your purposes are different, make sure you have non-hardening clay.

The base of your character might include styrofoam, armature wire, and/or foil, meaning rather than making it fully out of clay, you can cover the support structure with clay.  The wire, styrofoam, etc would be the 'bones' of your project.

If you aren't using clay, pipecleaners, paper cut outs, lego figures, or toys can work for stop motion. 

Need help making a clay figure?  Check out this tutorial!  This one, and others can be found on the Tutorials page.





Set:
    Making your set can be as simple as printing out a colored scene from your computer, drawing on a large piece of paper or creating a 3D scene with actual props. Be creative, but also make sure you check out our Tips, Tricks, and Techniques page for suggestions about how to avoid 'overdoing' it!







Supplies


Taking Pictures:  You have choices depending on what your plans are regarding quality, software, and spending.
   
    Webcam- used with Stop Motion Software.  The software allows for more frames per second which will benefit you if you are looking for a more professional, smoother animation. 
                    Click here for a review of webcams suggested for Stop Motion animation.

    Digital Camera- can be used with some Stop Motion software, as well as programs like iMovie.  See the specific equipment guidelines on the websites provided for each software item.

    Tripod to hold camera in place

    Lighting- light source that can be placed above the scene is best.



Software
A few options for software are listed below.  Please note that there is a link to a review from www.stopmotioncentral.com, as well as the specific website for the software.

iMovie for creating Stop Motion movies (on your Mac)

iKitMovie for Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7

Click here for a review of iKitMovie

Click here for information about iKitMovie.

Click here for the link to the free trial download.

Click here for tutorials on using this software.




Stop Motion Pro V6.5 for Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Click here for a review of Stop Motion Pro V6.5

Click here for information about Stop Motion ProV6.5.

Click here for the link to the free trial download.

Click here for tutorials on using this software.
                             



iStopMotion2 for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger or later


Click here for information about iStopMotion.

Click here for the link to the free trial download.

Click here for tutorials on using this software.

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