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#CodeFromAfrica - Challenge #5 - Stop Motion Video 🎬🎥

April 20th, 2020

Let's change a little bit the type of challenge this week.

We are going to try a new way to animate a story using the Stop Motion video technique.

Code is optional for this challenge 👩🏾‍💻💻🤓...

So even the younger ones can participate!

What is a Stop Motion Video ?

Stop Motion is a film animation technique that uses pictures of inanimate objects put next to each other. When played together in rapid progression, the sequence gives the illusion objects move on their own.

Famous Stop Motion movies such as Wallace & Gromit, Shaun The Sheep or Chicken Run are using a malleable clay for the character or any background that need to be transformed.


The great thing about Stop Motion is that we can get amazing results with a short list of supplies and you do not need any professional equipment.

  • A Stop Motion Animation mobile application. We used the free version of Stop Motion Studio by Cateater for Android

  • A stand to hold your device steady. We used an old Android phone.

  • Many objects (toys, stuffed animals, fruits, ...) to animate or create your own with clay or paper and color pencil.

  • Background (optional) : ideally two pieces of cardboard or a box.

Challenge #5 : Create a Stop Motion video

For this challenge, we propose few tips to create your own Stop Motion animated video.

  • Think of a story IDEA : it can be very simple !

  • Draw and/or write your STORY BOARD : again here, only few steps to help you visualize your idea.

  • Select or create your objects and background.

  • Download and install your Stop Motion application on your device (smartphone or tablet)

  • Choose a FRAME RATE : this will determine how many picture you will need to take for every second of your animation. Today, the film standards vary from 24 to 30 fps (frames per second) but you can get great results at 15 or even 7 fps 🎥

  • Place your smartphone/tablet in a STILL position.

  • You are READY to shoot 🎬

Julie had the IDEA to animate cartoon-like characters that would celebrate Spring!

She wrote a short STORY BOARD and inspired herself from a Sunflower plant growth picture.

She drew her characters with color pencils on a piece of paper and cut them.

She selected a FRAME RATE at 7 fps. This means the movie was made of 7 picture per second.

Let the fun begin !

Don't forget to share your video on social media with the hashtag #CodeFromAfrica and tag me with @steam.and.curious so we can all view your amazing work!

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