This was a short week for Camp Watkinez. We enjoyed a wonderful trip up north, visiting family and we opted to decompress our first day back home.
By Wednesday, Camp Watkinez was back...kind of. The goal was that the Brodster would write and create his first short film. He's been begging to learn how since his visit to Universal Studios Hollywood, where he saw the Paranorman sets. I know absolutely nothing about making movies, much less about stop motion animation. Still, it was something Brody had his heart set on, so I figured we'd give it a shot. Wednesday wasn't exactly productive: the Brodster was pretty much all over the place, not really focused. Can't blame him, really. Writing is hard!
Thursday was much better. After watching The Lego Movie for inspiration (yes, it's actually a computer animated movie, but Brody doesn't know that!), the Brodster was ready to try it out. Before we set anything up, I tested the camera and set. My clip of R2D2 walking across the set got the him so excited that he immediately wanted to film a fight between two of his action figures. This is a great activity to do with kids. I had complete control of the camera and his job was to move the figure little by little (I suggest a half centimeter each time). It was a fun afternoon!
We decided to only do one short scene. 35 photos were taken for his 16-second film.
Overture, curtains, lights! This is it, the night of nights! Please enjoy the Brodster's very first short film: Spiderbites vs. Raphael
Once again, thank you Pinterest! I found a few DIY tutorials that helped making a home made movie. Give it a try! It was actually pretty fun. :) I even started a YouTube channel because it sounds like the Brodster might want to make more (lucky me!). My favorite tutorials are below:
DIY Stop Motion with Chelsea Foy
How to become your own stop motion animator with arstechnica
DIY Stop Motion Animation with Lovelyish