How to make a Stop Motion Video with STOKYS + LUGA GIVEAWAY
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Normally I worry when the postal carrier delivers a box that rattles when I shake it. But the Reinhard household was expecting this special box filled with metal strips with holes in them, screws, corners, and springs. This rattling “made in Switzerland” metal construction set called Stokys that arrived last week has become an instant hit with our family (especially The Boy). We’ve now got set Grundkasten 0 and it has proven to be an ideal school-free Wednesday afternoon activity.
As you know, I’m a passionate photographer and love to teach others how to capture unique moments, I took this opportunity to combine being able to show you how Stokys works with a little photography lesson. So the Boy and I set out on a mission: to create a stop-motion video with our new Stokys set that not only shows you how the sets function, but also a short explanation on how to make your own cool stop-motion videos.
Stop-motion is a set of photos put together to create a movie - and is how movies like Wallace and Grommet were created. For a basic stop-motion video, all you need is a camera, a tripod, and a great idea
Step 1: Decide what story you’d like to tell
Before you get started decide what story you actually want to tell. We decided to not just make a stop-motion of The Boy building with Stokys, but also wanted to demonstrate which pieces would be needed.
Each Stokys kit comes with a booklet filled with models you can build with the set, The Boy (with a bit of persuading from his little sister) decided upon a seesaw, and so this is what we chose to film him building. He used the list of parts to set aside the 27 pieces along with the screws he would need to create the seesaw. By logging into Stokysplus (a yearly membership comes free with each Stokys set) he was able to find the 3D model of the seesaw to aid in the building process.
Step 2: Set up a stop-motion studio
To make our movie we needed
A plain background - we just used a piece of white foam board
A camera - any camera will do, even your smartphone
A tripod - you will need to keep the camera in the exact spot the entire time, so some sort of stability is a must.
Camera Remote - needed to avoid camera motion when pressing the shutter. We used one from Canon that I already own for landscape photography but, for example, if you are using an iPhone you can use your headphones as a camera remote.
Tip: Wherever you set up your stop-motion home studio, make sure the light is not consistently changing like ours was.
Step 3: Photograph your stop-motion
Now the fun begins. Stop-motion takes a lot of patience and time, so allow yourself plenty of time, otherwise it will become stressful.
With your camera and background setup, take a photo of each movement made. Make the movements small so you can see the progress over time. For the introduction, we took photos every time we moved a piece, and for the construction every time The Boy added a piece to the seesaw.
Tip: I think our video would have been more interesting if we had photographed it from the side instead of above - so be sure to experiment with perspective. Also, here is a decent beginners guide to stop-motion that uses an iPad, an app and no tripod.
Step 4: Make your video
Once all the scenes had been photographed I uploaded the photos on to the computer and brought them into iMovie in the order in which they were shot. I then choose the time duration for each clip and exported. If you have never used iMovie before, check out this video on YouTube on how to bring those stop-motion videos together.
Tip: If you are using a tablet or smart phone to create your stop motion, consider using the app Stop Motion Studio to put your video together.
And here is the final results
The Boy is so impressed with Stokys that after we finished our afternoon creating he started planning out which sets he would want for his birthday. Yay for an easy birthday present idea, but I am also happy to support a Swiss small business who have similar values to my own. I love finding companies who are getting creative in an attempt to avoid moving production overseas. Stokys are made in Switzerland, created by hand by a small group of employees and volunteers who are passionate about a product that has been in Switzerland since World War II. Perhaps Stokys could be a hit with your kids too? A unique Swiss souvenir, I will be adding them to the SFT 2019 Holiday gift guide.
You can get hands-on experience with Stokys at the upcoming LUGA, Luzern’s spring fair, which takes place this year over 10 days from April 26th till May 5th (scroll down for a chance to win tickets). Not only can you have a go at creating with Stokys yourself, you can also join in on their attempt to break their record of pieces used in one Stokys creation. How many pieces will it take? 5072 - so make sure you stop by Stokys to help out - we will certainly be there!
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