Stop motion animation is a technique for making short cartoon-type films by capturing one picture at a time.

As an example, you may have a Lego figure with legs. Take the first picture of the figure standing up, the second picture with the right leg moved forward, Move it a tiny fraction forward and put its left leg out and take a third picture of it in that position – move the figure a fraction forward and put its right leg out for the fourth picture – and so on! I am sure that you will see when the pictures are run together a video snip that shows the figure walking. Children may also be familiar with drawing tiny images in the corner of a notebook and flicking through the pages to get a similar effect.

What can I use to make a stop motion animation?

There is special software to make stop motion movies but it can be done with any video editing software and there are plenty of apps that will do that on tablets, and programs such as OBS a free open source video editor for laptops.

How can I get started making stop motion animations?

For some step-by-step instructions to get started see the Wistia Website. This example does make the actual movie using a very expensive video package so please stop before reaching that point; however, the setting up of the the stop motion studio has useful information.

Stop motion works with all different subjects — people, cars, umbrellas… anything that can move is fair game. Heck, you can make two bananas walk down a street and do a jig if you want to!” (Wistia)

There are plenty of videos on YouTube to help people get started; however, many of them specialise is different effects. Below is a child giving  a simple overview of the process:


Here is another child using his iPad mini, iMotion and lego to great effect.


Good luck with your stop motion animation experiments!