Mini-Class: Stop Motion Videos: Create + Animate

Brock Davis, Visual Artist, Creative Director

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7 Videos (23m)
    • Trailer

    • Getting Started: Ideation

    • Getting Started: Storyboarding

    • Figuring Out What You Need to Buy, Rig or Build

    • Finding the Perfect Place to Film

    • Composing Your Set, Lights and Camera

    • Filming, Editing and Sharing


About This Class

While the mobile phone is great for taking photos of your lunch or your cat... or your cat eating your lunch, it is also a versatile creative tool. A simple way to spontaneously capture and create moments of inspiration through photo and video.


Stills from "A Match Doing Sit-ups" (2012)

In this class, I'll show you how to create compelling stop motion videos using your mobile phone and minimal equipment. We'll cover ideation, storyboarding, prep and production, lighting and composition and of course, the shooting and editing. We'll work on a project under the theme of "destination."

Whether you're interested in stop motion on a serious level, or if you just want to dabble here and there, this class will teach you the basics to get started. You don't need to be a film industry professional or have professional photo, video and editing equipment. All you need is a little inspiration, a good idea and your phone.


Stills from "Cherry Bomb" and "Hungry Sofa" (2013)

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Interesting technique with lots of tips. I would like to see how you use all the tools you mentioned. Vine is in square format. I would like to make stop motion in 16:9. But this is a good tutorial to get started. thanks
nice class! Thank you!
Sofia Apunnikova & Ksenia Necheporenko

graphic design and digital art





Brock Davis

Visual Artist, Creative Director

Brock Davis is an award-winning, visual artist specializing in art direction, illustration, graphic design, photography and creative direction. Brock has worked in the advertising and design industry for the past 17 years, creating ground-breaking work for Jack Links Beef Jerky, Subaru, Harley-Davidson, Porsche, Gibson Guitars, Rapala and many others. His work has received national and international acclaim, acquiring every notable industry award including the prestigious Cannes Lion.

When he isn't making work for brands he's busy making other things, like one piece of art every day for a year in his "Make Something Cool Every Day" project, and t-shirt designs for his line of Brock Davis kid's tees at Target stores. He is a regular contributing artist to the New York TimesWiredEsquireFast CompanyThe New Republic, O Magazine and even has a cover for Time magazine under his belt. His professional and personal work is viewed and shared millions of times over. He has been written about and featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, USA Today, ABC, Comedy Central, G4, Boing Boing and was recently named one of Wired Magazine's 18 influential design leaders working today.

Brock lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Alyn, their two children, Ames and June, and a dog named Zelda.

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