With the Stop Motion Animation Kit from Stopmotion Explosion, my son was able to create his own Lego animation. For as long as I can remember our youngest two have enjoyed creating things and making up their own stories. So when our family had the opportunity to review this product, I was thrilled. The Stop Motion Animation Kit can be used to make your own Lego Movies and more. From stuffed animals, clay creations, Legos and more, this product offers the opportunity to make your own movies using animation. Our 18-year-old son was excited to get to try this product.
Stopmotion Explosion offers the opportunity to animate and create almost anything you can imagine. The Stop Motion Animation kit comes complete with Stop Motion Camera, Quick Start Guide, CD, and a seventeen chapter guide to assist you in your creations. The Quick Start Guide includes instructions for installing the programs on Windows and MACS or even doing a mobile installation if you do not have a CD drive. how to focus the camera and additional information including a Q&A section.
Our son had to use the download since he does not have a CD drive for his computer. He was really pleased to see that in addition to the CD, all of the software was available on the website. It made it easy for him to get started. He found the download quickly and easily.
I have to say I feel the Quick Start guide provides everything you need to start creating quickly. The 17-chapter book provides assistance with everything from how movies work, to creating stories, to building sets, cameras, lighting, composition, animating and more. Our son only used this book when he had a question about what he was doing. I feel it would be a fantastic book for someone who truly wants to dive deep into animation as opposed to someone who just wants to have fun.
When friends of our family heard about what we were doing, they offered to come and provide assistance to our son. Their imaginations took flight and over the course of two very intense days, they captured a lot of pictures. Here are some pictures of them working on the first day.
Here are pictures of them working on the second day:
From backdrops, lighting, figures and everything in between, the four had a great time working together. However, we learned a very valuable lesson too late in the game for us: make sure you back up every single photograph your family takes. Otherwise, when you are ready to create your masterpiece film, you might find your file with all of the pictures has been corrupted and completely unable to be recovered. This unfortunate event meant our son had to start completely from scratch. However, I have to say I am still proud of the video he created. You can click on the graphic below to watch the animation.
Our son felt the book was very informative as a source for providing information. I did not require him to read it in its entirety. From what he did see, it seemed to be well-written and the writers obviously knew what they were writing about. However, he felt the actual program itself is very basic, and he would like to see a program that offers more options and choices. He also felt it would be great for this to not rely so heavily on outside software, such as him using a third party program to actually create the movie itself. He tried using the actual software to make his movie, but upon viewing it, the movie was not exactly what he had created initially.
Your creators set up scenes using their desired objects (in our case LEGOS), and then take a series of pictures with them in various positions. Next, the pictures are either turned into a movie using the included program, or you can upload them to a movie maker program of your choice. From there, you can add sound effects and more. One complaint my son had was the desire to be able to have more than one sound effect at a time.
Overall, I have to say we were pleased with this product. However, I think my son would have enjoyed it more if he had been doing it simply for fun rather than having a deadline to meet for his creation. I think having multiple people working on the animation could make the picture and staging part go faster. So if you are looking for a product to do animation, you should definitely check out Stop Motion Animation Kit from Stopmotion Explosion for yourself.