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StopMotion Explosion Book
StopMotion Explosion Animation Set

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  • Read the first chapter of StopMotion Explosion Book!

    Any Teaching Approach, Every Subject Matter is Fair Game
    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.

    Learn stopmotion science through an illustrated history of film and animation. See how stopmotion was first used in the special effects industry. Learn how "stopmotion" solved a heated debate among artists, and changed the way paintings were created forever.

    Make animations with inexpensive webcams, digital point-and-shoot cameras, and digital camcorders. Learn how to adjust camera settings to achieve the best image, and what features to look for in a stopmotion camera. See breakdowns of walk, run, and speech animations. Build your own wire stopmotion armature, and learn about some of the best toys to animate. Complete instructions for two stopmotion programs. Grab frames from your camera, preview your animations and make detailed tweaks using onion skinning. Export movie files that can be edited and uploaded to YouTube.

    Ready-to-go movie ideas, story mashups, and proven techniques for creating memorable characters. Learn how to write for film and draw storyboards. Adapt scenes from your favorite films and video games. Use your screenplays and storyboards to plan camera angles, design sets, build characters, even organize your files while animating.

    Record great-sounding audio and character voices, then enhance and morph your sounds using hundreds of audio effects and free recording software.

    Sets & Lighting
    Build stopmotion movie sets using household items and construction toys. Light your sets Hollywood-style with three-point lighting techniques, desk lamps, clip lights, flashlights, lasers, and colored cellophane.

    Add punch to your animations with our illustrated guide to image composition, Learn about the rule of thirds, the rule of triangles, depth of field, and the differences between standard and widescreen video frames.

    Video Editing
    Edit your animation, combine multiple video files, and add video effects, transitions, sounds, titles, and rolling credits using free video editing software. Quickly perform common stopmotion tasks, such as transforming a series of still images into a video file, learn the best settings for encoding online video, and definitions of common digital video terms and technology.
  • Stop Motion 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 Author: Nate and Ryan Eckerson

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    Excellent introduction January 14, 2013
    Reviewer: Michigan Mama  
    My son had been curious about stop-motion animation for quite a while. I was hesitant to buy him any equipment, however. What camera was right for his expected level of skill, and his planned projects? What software would be best, and can we download any of it for free? How do we use the software? What techniques can he use to achieve certain effects? This book was a perfect fit for learning all that we needed to know to get started. It included historical devlopment of stop-motion related techniques. It answered all our questions and more, helping me know exactly what my son needed. He learned all he needed to know to make some very impressive Lego movies right away. In addition, when he had a question and emailed the author, he received a helpful answer right away. This is a great book for learning this art, and well worth the investment. It will help a beginner avoid frustration and have good results sooner.

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