Something Somewhere Sometime – Stop Motion Final Project

15 04 2010

It’s finally time!

My final stop motion video is completed, and it’s ready for its’ debut!

The music that goes along with the video is Something Somewhere Sometime by Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore.

Get ready for some adventure…and if you’re interested in seeing the ‘dark’,  I’m-going-crazy-talking-to-plasticine-worms side of stop motion animation, stick around for the bloopers at the end.


I chose to do a stop motion animation film because I became fascinated with it this semester while learning about digital storytelling.  Films like Her Morning Elegance and The Olympus Pen Story inspired me with their elegant beauty.  There is something unmatched about seeing every small motion a person or object makes.  I found it made me think harder about the films and pay closer attention.

I think stop motion would be a fantastic way to explore digital storytelling and the science of motion with students, even students of fairly young ages.  In this video, a ten year old boy adds his break dancing action figure using stop motion.  I learned a  lot about movement making this video.  It is certainly a challenge to think of everything in terms of isolated actions.

I won’t deny there weren’t frustrations along the way.  Making a stop motion film is a tedious process. Over 1500 pictures make up the 2.5 minute video I’m presenting, and little plasticine worms don’t always do exactly as you’d like all by themselves!

The process I used to make the film is perhaps a bit different.  Because I don’t have a well functioning camera, I used my video camera to take running film, in which I would step out of the frame, rearrange the scene, step out of the frame, rearrange the scene…etc (see the bloopers section), and then captured over 1500 still frames from the running film using FlipShare technology once the videos were uploaded to my computer.  I imported all of the photos into iMovie and set the pictures to appear for .03 seconds each.  I found iMovie really easy to use and it was a great way to put this stop motion together, especially because there are so many editing options.

Last week I ran into a standstill and could not get much filming done, but I was lucky to have some great help from my cousins Emily and Lauren, who (naturally) were naturals at this kinda stuff.  Thanks ladies!

To view other videos and steps in the process leading up to this final product, see the blog category Final Project.

Thanks for checking out my final project!  Let me know what you think!




11 responses

7 07 2010
Kimberly Tharp

Great job on the video! I love that you took your idea and improvised a new way to make it happen when you hit limitations (the camera). Thanks for the application tip on teaching the science of motion. When you see great projects, it always makes us teachers think “How can I use this in my classroom?”

Kimberly Tharp
University of South Alabama
EDM 310
My Blog

18 07 2010

Thanks Kimberly!

18 04 2010

Wow! You did an amazing job on your video! Great work!

18 04 2010

Thank you 🙂

16 04 2010
Jill Aasen

Morgan! Great job! I also appreciated the comments about your journey! I absolutely love wormy:)

16 04 2010

Thanks Jill 🙂

16 04 2010
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15 04 2010

Thanks all!
…The Twitter jibberish…yes perhaps I went a little bit crazy! But my peace of mind is back and I’m excited about the video so it was worth it 🙂

15 04 2010
Mike Wolf

This is fantastic! I agree with George– the song is wicked.

15 04 2010
Stephanie Jones

I was very impressed by your video! Awesome Job!

15 04 2010

Wow! That was an amazing project (loved the song). I now know why you were talking jibberish on Twitter.

I appreciate your explanation on how you did it as well because I was wondering how the cat scene was done.

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