Stop action week

April 30, 2007

Lauren, Lloyd, School, Videos

Lauren and I played around with stop action animation during the past week. A student in my Video Editing class did a really cool lego stop action animation project, and it looked like fun, so while I was preparing a “lesson on DVD” last week I made a little stop action movie to keep the kiddies interested. The lesson was great, 20 minutes of animation, diagrams, voice overs… It had so much learning in it that you couldn’t take a bite without biting into one. Then my computer crashed and 5 hours of work went with it. I didn’t redo the lesson (I was too disheartened) but I did salvage the stop action sequence.

Lauren saw it and wanted to show me up, so she did one of her own. I learned a bit from my experience, and instead of using a video camera and editing just the frames I wanted, she used a digital camera and the process went a lot faster. Here they are:

If you have a slow internet connection (Mom and Dad), you might not want to read the rest of this…
[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jKBzO0GAJQ 520 433]

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_SUto8XqJ8 520 433]

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Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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11 Responses to “Stop action week”

  1. Beth Said on:

    Would you please do one of those that will makes Tim’s first year of life fly by in a minute and a half? I’d really like that :).

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  2. Brad Said on:

    Very cool…
    Can you do it with cats?

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  3. Peggy Said on:

    :( No YouTube access at work for me. :(

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    • Lloyd Said on:

      Yeah, our stupid technology coordinator blocks it here too. I don’t know what those idiots are thinking.

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  4. Kristi Said on:

    Joanna, my four-year-old, liked the little ball movie better because, she said, “It kept getting more and more balls.” These are soooo cool. It takes me back to the days of Sesame Street, when all sorts of things would move around on the screen. You two are geniuses!

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    • Kristi Said on:

      After watching this movie 2 more times, Joanna commented on the music. She asked if Lauren was singing. “Of course,” I replied, “she is also the one playing the ukulele (I know, a bit of a stretch). Cricket must be playing the piano.” To which Joanna said, “Lauren’s a good singer.” And then we watched the movie again. By the way, how much is a movie ticket, or can I just buy the DVD? Sorry, Lloyd, but Joanna did not like the triangle one because “more triangles did not come out.”

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      • Lauren Said on:

        Aw, thanks. But break it to her gently that it’s Alela Diane, my vocal stand-in. It’s funny that you should bring up Sesame Street, because that’s just what I told Lloyd I wanted to do -- “One of those Sesame Street psychadelic things that you really don’t understand, but it’s pretty.”

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      • Lloyd Said on:

        Yes, in retrospect it seems obvious that more triangles should have come out. Tell her that I’ll do better next time.

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  5. Peggy Said on:

    LOVED THEM!!! WAY TOO COOL!!!

    Please, sir, can we have some more?

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  6. Aaron Clubb Said on:

    In the words of my Greek structural theory professor, “Genius!… …Genius!”

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    • Lauren Said on:

      Ladies and gentleman (Brad), this fine young man is a very bright college student that I used to babysit!! Hi, Aaron! You’re talking about MY video, right? NOT Lloyd’s super-mathy one.

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