My son has loved dinosaurs since he was three and he made me read him nothing but dinosaur books for an entire year. He moved on a year later to Pokémon books and I missed the dinosaur obsession. I hoped it would reemerge and it does from time to time when new Jurassic Park movies come out.
My son came back from the Jurassic World movie with his dad — I refused to go, the trailer terrified me — and immediately asked to spend his allowance money on Jurassic World legos. That’s an easy sell for me; it’s his money and it’s not screen time.
After three days carefully assembling his new lego sets, I asked him if he wanted to make stop motion animation movies with them. I remembered the stop animation movies that MaryAnne of Mama Smiles made with her kids.
She used a Microsoft product called Movie Maker but I have a Mac. MaryAnne suggests using iMovie as a replacement but I have always had this wonky problem in iMovie of my clips not loading. Plus I find iMovie a little confusing to use. Instead, I suggest Flipagram, an app for smart phones. I use the free version.
Flipagram for Easy Stop Motion Movies
I have to admit that I a new-found love of Flipagram that is bordering on an addiction. I am using it to make digital photo albums for my kids as a way to store and see all those photos and video clips on my phone. In making a few dozen videos, I discovered that it’s also a super easy way to make stop motion animation movies because:
- It’s easy to upload the photos. The app does it itself; you just have to select the photos.
- Controlling the speed of all the photos is easy. There’s a sliding scale of a turtle and hare. We set it to the fastest speed.
- You can add music from your own purchased songs in your iTunes account.
My Son’s Stop Motion Jurassic World Lego Movies
This is my son’s second attempt and my personal favorite:
This is his first attempt:
This is his latest:
How to make a Flipagram Stop Motion Movie
1. Plan out your movie. What is the plot? What are you trying to show?
2. Take photos on your smart phone. My son used legos but you can use any kind of toy. Remember to move all the pieces just a small amount. 70 photos is a good amount. My son used a business card holder as a tripod to keep the camera steady. This helps keep the animation from looking jerky.
3. Go to Flipagram. Start a new project by selecting the + key.
4. Select the photos you want to use. You won’t need to rearrange them for the stop motion video but it’s a nice feature if you are making digital scrapbook photo/video albums.
5. Edit each photo. Sometimes you will want to make the image slightly bigger or slide the photo from side to side or up and down to make it fit better on the screen.
6. Write a title if you like.
7. Select music. You can use your own music from your iTunes account.
8. Select speed.
9. Hit DONE. Write a description and add hashtags. That’s it!
10. You can share in a myriad of ways: across most social media platforms, via text, via email, etc. You can also upload to YouTube.
How about you? Have you tried making stop motion movies? What are you using? Please share! Thank you!
p.s. If you like Flipagram too, please leave me your user name in the comments below and I’ll follow you! I’m Mia Wenjen (PragmaticMomBlog) on Flipagram.