Stop Motion Animation: Bespoke Paper Assets

Tortor Smith, Animator, Editor and Videographer

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13 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Plain and Simple

    • 3. Cutting

    • 4. Rolling

    • 5. Scrunching

    • 6. Curtains

    • 7. Swinging

    • 8. Tearing It Up

    • 9. Folding

    • 10. Editing Your Images

    • 11. After Effects

    • 12. Using Your Assets

    • 13. Final Thoughts


About This Class

In this class I am going to show you a plethora of ways that you can easily animate paper for yourself to make your own videos pop with bespoke paper assets. 

Being able to customise your videos by animating bespoke assets and overlays will help make your videos shine out above the rest. Too many creators put too little effort or thought into the smaller details of a video that can really add extra value and make it pop. 

Some understanding of the stop motion technique is ideal, but even if you have never animated before if you follow the lessons step-by-step you should still be able to achieve something great.

Feel free to use the concept I have given and extend the idea according to your own capabilities, the only limit is your own imagination.

In this course you will learn:

- How to animate with paper

- How to edit the background out of your images in Photoshop

- How to assemble your sequence in After Effects and preserve transparency 

- How to bring your finished paper asset into Premier Pro

You will need:

- A form of stop motion capture software like Dragonframe 4 (30-day FREE trial is fine) or Stop Motion Studio (a free app you can download on your phone)

- A DSLR or smartphone (that is Dragonframe compatible) or a smartphone. A full list of Dragonframe compatible cameras can be found here:

- Some lovely Paper(s) to animate

- Editing software like Premiere Pro

- Photoshop software for background removal