Stop Motion Animation Process

1. Brief & Budget

We create high-quality work, generating value for you with a range of budgets. We provide a quote and project plan to guide you through the process of creating a unique stop-motion animation.

2. Concept & Scriptwriting

Conceptual thinking & scriptwriting are key to an engaging story. This creates the overall style, approach, choice of materials, tone of voice and voiceover if needed. We can use both stop-motion and digital techniques to create your animation. The overall approach is clearly planned at this stage.

3. Scriptwriting & Storyboarding

We sketch the story flow and create a storyboard which can then be annotated. Consideration of how the scenes will animate is important here. Camera moves are limited to the camera slider.

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Planning stop-motion animation is crucial as it is a complex task. Taking a different approach can have benefits, for example, a messy state of affairs was made easier by creating a character without legs.

4. Reference Animatic/Script

The script is recorded and placed with scratch and spot-sounds into an animatic. We should have a complete flow of the final film at this point in the animatic.

5. Shooting Schedule

With the storyboard/signed off, we rearrange the storyboard into the most effective shooting order to avoid remaking the scenes. This planning process ensures a strong workflow for the project.

6. Design/Creation/Asset Testing

We start the design process for all assets. We model and make assets until the final sign off. We test the assets for flaws under-camera and build out the start of the animation phase.

7. Animation

This stage includes time to set up lighting and camera for each scene as well as actually animating using stop-motion capture software.

8. Post Production

Colour grading footage
Audio sourcing/recording and placement
Final Renders Supplied

Importance of sign off stages in stop motion

The pre-production sign-off (storyboard/script etc.) is more crucial than with a 2D digital animation workflow because there is much less wiggle-room once stop-motion has been filmed. For example, let’s say at 20 seconds we want the boy to pat the dog before the scene cuts – in a digital after effects workflow you could go to the scene and make it happen, but in stop-motion you’d have to film the whole shot which has the change in it, matching it to the previous and next shots in the current sequence. You’d then add the change.

You couldn’t simply set the scene up again and film the change required because you’d have to seamlessly match the shot (assets/lighting/framing) etc with previous footage.

If your business wants to create cut through with stop-motion animation that is unique and stands out from the crowd give us a call and let’s chat through your next project. Get in touch to find out more