● To create a successful animation, it’s
important to have a good plan.
● Animators, filmmakers, and all types of
artists use storyboards to plan a visual
● A great storyboard doesn’t have to be
incredibly detailed, but you DO need
enough detail to clearly read and
understand your own plan.
● Draw a few squares, and sketch some
2. Prepare your materials
● Think outside the box: you can make an animation with almost
anything, as the music video to the right illustrates!
● Stop-motion and time-lapse require your undivided attention, so
it’s important to have all your materials completed, organized,
and ready before you plan to film.
● Put thought into your characters, what makes them unique?
● Take your time creating all the elements for your film, these are
your “actors” and they should look GOOOOOD! If your elements
are simple, make sure to take extra care in making them perfect!
● If you work in multiple sessions, make a note of all your
materials and clean them up neatly to use next session.
3. Set your stage
● Check the background: is it complete
and free from distracting elements?
● Check your lighting: is everything well-
lit and bright, without glare, shadows or
● Is your camera/computer/ipad mounted
in a way that is stable and does not
● Are you filming in a space where you
will not be interrupted?
4. Understand your tech
● We will be using the Koma Koma app, but there are many more
● You can use a digital camera & tripod and speed up your photos
using a computer just like you would with a flip-book!
● Work gradually and watch out for shadows! Watch this tutorial to
see the process.
● Use the “Onion Skinning” effect which shows a “ghost” of the
last frame taken to make sure you only create tiny gradual
changes in the filming process.
● If you’re working with a partner, decide who will be moving
objects and who will be operating tech, then communicate to
keep the process positive and productive!
● Give your project a title that includes your name and SAVE
5. Stop-Motion Special Effects
● Replace/alter objects between frames to
magically change them.
● Use a green screen to add a background
● Make objects “fly” by having them lay flat
on a horizontal background surface and
film from above!
● What special effects can you create
using things you find around the house