Title:Journey to the other side of the room
I decided to do stop motion for my OneDay project.I really find stop-motion interesting. It’s cool how one can make a video by just taking pictures.It’s also pretty simple, and I had fun. I hope you understand what stop motion is before you read this blog post.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
First at home, I gathered some lego figures to use and a pack of clay/dough called Mad Mattr.
Then, I downloaded a app called Stop Motion Movie Maker (I think). I originally wanted to use LEGO Movie Maker, but I couldn’t find it on the App Store. I downloaded these apps on my iPad.
At home, I finished writing the storyline. In the original idea, the stormtrooper was trying to get a piece of candy as a human keeps him from achieving the goal. Then I switched gears and chose to go with the portal story. There was only one stormtrooper in the second draft. Finally, I decided to put a squad of stormtroopers in the story. Even though the squad wasn’t really necessary, I a. wanted to use my whole stormtrooper set, and b. wanted some comedic effect when the shock trooper teleports on top of them in the end.
On OneDay, I brought my supplies to school. I started filming scene one, which took place inside a forest. I planned to film outside, in a bush, but Mr. Muhl convinced me to film the scene in a potted plant.
I made the portals out of Mad Mattr, because my Mad Mattr was a shade of purple, which is a cliché portal colour. For the scenes where objects were either falling or flying, I used tape to lower or raise the object through the air as I took the photos.
My movie did not contain speech due to the fact that I am bad at voice acting and would probably stutter or mispronounce a word, but I still wanted some audio. So I went on YouTube and found some sound effects that I liked and put them into my movie. This part took a long time to make because I needed to find all the sound effects, trim them, and put them into the iMovie project. Fun Fact: The jetpack noise was actually a flamethrower sound effect.
I’d say one of the most challenging scenes to film were the plane scene and the car scene. The plane had passengers on it, which meant it couldn’t fly very well. Also, if it could actually fly, it would be flying too quick for the camera to capture enough photos of it for the scene to go smoothly. So Jake Riddleton helped me film the plane scene while I held the plane on a ruler. I know, it looks ridiculous. As for the car scene, it wasn’t very tricky building the car, even though it took a bit of time, but it was tricky making the car fall and explode. I used up a lot of tape trying to lower the car to the floor. There was a short jump between settings when the car hit the ground because I left the camera to remove the tape from the car and the shock trooper. I had fun filming the car scene though.
I am proud of the car scene, because it required a lot of work and creativity to come up with and film. The part where the shocktrooper was building the car was actually pretty smooth. This made me happy, because it was hard positioning the whiteboard eraser so that it looks like the shocktrooper was holding it and walking with it. I am also proud of the walking animations. It was hard enough making the shock trooper walk normally, but it was even harder with the shocktrooper’s jetpack. Luckily, I was able to use the gun as sort of a crutch, propping up the shocktrooper when needed.
Next time I try to do a stop motion movie, I would bring some dental floss to make the characters “fly”, because dental floss is very hard to see. I would also like to try using something other than LEGO figures. Maybe make the characters out of clay.