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StopMotion Explosion Animation Set
StopMotion Explosion Animation Set

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Ages: 10+
Grade Levels: 5+

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Product Code: 223-003

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NEW! Software now supports HD video resolution. Now includes internal microphone for sound recording!

Any Teaching Approach and Every Subject Matter Are Fair Game
No matter how you home educate – be it unit studies, classical, structured, unschooling or, our favorite, an eclectic approach – the all-new Stopmotion Explosion Kit can function both as a method and a reward for learning an enormous range of topics. This very cool kit is a complete introduction to stop-motion and filmmaking. With over 290 pages of step-by-step tutorials and hundreds of illustrations, your child will learn how to write screenplays and draw storyboards; how to make a character walk, run, or talk; and finally how to edit scenes and add voices and sound effects.

Research and Animate Just About Anything
With the Stopmotion Explosion Kit, your children could research and animate just about anything. The guys in your family will be eager to learn how to animate intense battle sequences to reenact famous historical acts of heroism. The child who leans toward the superhero genre will be thrilled to learn how to make his characters fly and how to incorporate laser blasters and light sabers. Your older children may want to embark on a "public service" series for your homeschool co-op on what to do in a variety of emergency situations.

Camera Plus Frame-grabbing Software
The Stopmotion Explosion Kit comes with a camera suitable for novice- to intermediate-level animations. The camera attaches to your computer via a 54-inch USB cable and utilizes frame-grabbing software that takes all the frames and sticks them together to make a film. You can then preview your animations and make detailed tweaks using onion skinning.

Add Voices and Sound Effects
Finally, with Stopmotion Explosion's included software, your child can polish his film up by adding great-sounding audio and character voices, then enhance and morph his sounds using hundreds of audio effects and free recording software. Now the finished product is ready to share with family and friends or to be exported to YouTube. Save these creative works, as they will be priceless treasures in the years to come.

Kit Includes Book, CD, and Camera
The Stopmotion Explosion Kit includes the Stopmotion Explosion Book, which explains all you need to know in a straightforward manner; and the CD, with a large collection of sound effects, all the basic software you need for Windows or Mac OS X computers, and a storyboard template. The kit also contains a specially selected Windows- and Mac OS X-compatible camera newly upgraded to 1280 x 720 image resolution; quality optics with smooth manual focus down to 3cm; and full control of exposure, color, and white balance. The camera is also compatible with Skype and other video chatting applications.

Another outstanding component of Timberdoodle's 2016 Fifth-Grade Curriculum Kit!

Stopmotion Explosion book includes the following:
  • You can read the first chapter here!
  • Idea generation, for writers suffering from blank-page syndrome.
  • Screenwriting formats and methods.
  • Learn how to build an epoxy and wire animation armature.
  • Advanced lighting techniques.
  • Complete instructions for two stop motion programs.
  • Camera composition techniques.
  • Breakdowns of walk, run, and hand-to-hand combat movements.
  • Animate realistic explosions, campfires, gunfire, lasers, smoke, and objects in flight.
  • Make props and fingers invisible with image-editing programs.
  • A complete chapter on sound recording and editing techniques.
  • Completely illustrated and written in an easy, step-by-step fashion, assuming little or no prior knowledge of the subject presented.
  • 292 pages
  • Authors: Nate and Ryan Eckerson
  • Faith-Based: No

  • The software includes:
  • Disk now supports OS X and Windows
  • Paint.NET for image editing
  • Celtx for screenwriting
  • Audacity for sound editing
  • MonkeyJam and SME for animating
  • MPEG Streamclip for image processing
  • Windows Movie Maker for movie editing

  • Camera:
    You'll love this camera’s full manual control, 360º rotating head, focus abilities, image resolution, internal microphone and many other features.

  • Windows and OS X compatible
  • NEW! HD resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Quality optics with smooth manual focus down to 3cm.
  • Full control of exposure, color, and white balance.
  • Attach to any surface with handy grip mount.
  • Cord length: 4-1/2 feet.
  • Compatible with Skype, and other video chatting applications.
  • Internal microphone for sound recording.

  • Software computer requirements:
  • Windows and OS X compatible
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, and 10 supported
  • USB 2.0.
  • CD-ROM Drive.
  • 200 MB available hard drive space.
  • 1 GB RAM.

  • Product is assembled in the USA, and all components are manufactured in the USA except the webcam.

    Faith-Based: No

    CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3yrs.

    Average Customer Review: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 10 Write a review.

      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    It's great! My son is December 30, 2014
    Reviewer: Cindy H.  
    It's great! My son is already addicted and coming up with fantastic clips.

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Lots of fun August 22, 2013
    Reviewer: Molly D.  
    My 9 year old son with autism loves this set. He has had many happy hours using lego men to make stop-motion movies. I've started assigning him a quick movie of a current history lesson once a week. As he hates both narrating and writing, this works really well! Grandma also enjoys his movies when he emails them to her. The book is great and has many ideas and explanations included. For example, it shows you how to make it look as if your figures are saying certain words by changing the shape of the mouth. This set leads to far more creative endeavors than a simple video camera.

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Awesome for ANY age! April 12, 2013
    Reviewer: Sam I Am  
    My mom bought this for my brothers and I about 5 years ago, and we had SO much fun with it! We impressed all our friends at our Homeschool Project Fair with our videos :) It provides HOURS of endless entertainment, whether for school or just for fun! We recreated scenes from history as well as making 'music videos' for our favorite songs and then just making random movies. I'm 17 now and considering buying the new one just because we wore out our old one!

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Great Product June 26, 2012
    Reviewer: Happy Homeschool Mom  
    My son has been over-the-top excited to get this, so I was a little worried it couldn't be as "awesome" as he expected it to be. Turns out I had nothing to worry about. Everything was easy to set up, and we've already made a few SHORT movies. One thing I wish it had was a way to slow down frames-per-second (15 right now) so it would be easier on some of our beginning work. Even with that, it has been non-stop fun. He plans on making some movies of some of his fictitional characters using legos and other supplies.

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      0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
    Camera quality and mediocre software June 20, 2012
    Reviewer: John  
    The book is rather nice. Information is helpful. This is 2012 though and VGA webcams died many years ago. The camera we got would not focus no matter how much I tried. Even if you got the Legos within a few inches it still would not focus, and even still it was VGA resolution so the quality was terrible anyway. The software you get free on the Mac is better than audacity.

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