Getting Started with Stop Motion Animation

Two boys creating a stop motion video using an iPag
Two teens create a stop motion animated movie at a library program.

Anyone can make movies!

You don't need a big budget, professional cameras, or even actors. With stop motion animation, you can create any length movie from a few seconds to a full length film.

All you need is a camera, editing software, props, and your imagination.

Library Classes

At the library you can attend a class to learn more about creating stop motion videos. We'll provide the technology and the materials you need to make your first short movie.

Check out one of the short animations created by teens at the Skyway Library:

Stop motion animation clip of two LEGO figurines dressed as police approaching a LEGO figurine

Online Resources and Tools

  • The easiest way to get started making videos at home is with a phone or tablet with a built-in camera and a stop motion app. There are many free and paid apps available for any device. A few we like are:
    • Stop Motion Studio: available for iOS, Android, or Windows
    • PicPac Stop Motion & TimeLapse: available for Android
    • StikBot Studio: available for iOS
  • Log in to Lynda.com with your library card number and password to watch this online class about making stop motion animation with an iPad or desktop computer.Getting Started With Stop Motion Animation
  • We also love the Pixar in a Box course from Khan Academy. This free course uses video and interactive online elements to show all of the pieces that go into making an animated movie.

Books

Check out one of these books to explore more about animation on your own.

The LEGO Animation Book

Animation Lab for Kids

Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Animation

How to Create Animation in 10 Easy Lessons

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