How to Set Up Your Studio

Learn how to set up a stop motion animation studio from Joe Vena of the Children's Museum of the Arts in this Howcast video.

So, if you would like to set up your own stop motion animation studio, there are many different directions you can go in. Here’s one of them. I have a digital video camera, fairly compact model, rigged up to a C-stand by a clamp right here and it’s pointing down to the surface right here which have covered in black paper. The C-stand is actually mounted to the floor. C-stands come in different sizes. You don’t need a C-stand to clamp to. You can clamp to a coat rack.

There are many different ways you can set up your aerial camera. The camera is connected through a FireWire to this laptop here. On the laptop, we have the I-Stop Motion [sp] software. There’s a variety of software that you can employee for stop motion animation. We happen to use I-Stop Motion. Very, very simple way to create stop motion animated films. The connection between your computer and your camera with a FireWire is very important. If you bump the wire out of either port on the devices, you will lose the connection, then you’ll have to set it back up and you risk losing your animations.

It’s important in your station to be very careful. Stop motion animation is about having control over a particular situation. Really being careful in your station and setting things up in a way that is comfortable is good as well because stop motion animation takes some time. Creating a stop motion animated film, you may be there for a while so make it comfortable, make it pleasant. You can light often with a desk lamp or a clip light. Sometimes there’s enough lighting in the room. If you happen to be animating outside, you can even just animate in the daylight. To wrap up, the basics of home stop animation studio would include a camera of some kind, FireWire or USB cable depending on the software that you’re using, your computer of course, and some stop motion animation software. That’s something you might want to research, there are many different stop motion softwares. Find the one that works for you.