The book was great - full of ideas and tips to make your own short video. However, our testers were less satisfied with the downloadable software required to complete the project as it was quite difficult to work with.
WHAT THE KIDS SAY
WHAT ADULTS THINK
This has a lot of great ideas. Like movies with clay (and it comes with the clay and googley eyes too). And it also shows you how to make it look like you are not moving the characters. I think you should note to keep the camera still when you are taking the pictures. It also gives you a script for ideas for movies. It is a wow toy.
Welcome to the wide-open world of animation. It used to take an empire the size of Magic Kingdom to make an animated film. And to get viewers, you'd need access to cineplexes or television networks. In other words, you were either in the industry or in the audience. That was then. Today, creating animation for a potential audience of 600 million requires a laptop, a camera, and an internet connection. That's it. The barriers have come down, the people have taken over, and the results are amazing. The Klutz Book of Animation is a complete how-to treatment of this newly accessible art form. It combines practical instruction and ready-to-shoot scripts. Real-life samples of all the projects are viewable online - the perfect marriage of book and web. Speaking of the web, the software you'll need is available as a free download. It's plug and play on any computer (PC or Mac). Attached to the book is a piece of low-tech, non toxic clay, ready to be molded into a million different heroes starring in a million different film - all of them animatedly yours. Here are the 17 coolest, cleverest, trickiest stop-motion movies we could do! Watch family photos come to life, a sandwich eat itself, a man ice-skate on the lawn, a cucumber give a speech, and much, much more! Check out the videos first then go get the book to see how we did them. And remember: When you're making your own videos, don't worry about sticking to the script. Think of these videos as jumping off points for your own clever ideas. Your best ideas will come while you're in the middle of shooting, and you should roll with them. We did and we had a blast! Hope you do too!
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