Stop motion is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Stop motion can be done with literally anything. Here is a list of good ideas and mediums:

Vintage Style



The images for this stop motion video were shot during the couple’s weekend roadtrip to San Luis Obispo using a DSLR. Other images were taken in various locations near their home. All images are single frames that they put together to create this stop motion video, which we thought matched the vintage retro look very well.

Photos



Instead of like in the previous video, where the photos were used in full frames, this is stop motion within stop motion, and is suitable for parallel storytelling. Here, it’s the Olympus PEN story. Sixty thousand pictures, 9,600 developed prints, and over 1,800 pictures were shot again for this video. Zero post-production needed. Brilliant.

Creatively Whimsical



There are way too many creatively whimsical ideas on the site. We especially love this idea, with the tighter frame requiring fewer props. The curly long hair really played a big role in helping to create expression and emotions. Here are a few more great ideas: here, here and here.

Post-it Note



This stop motion video went viral online. It’s very entertaining but a lot of planning is required. Much more than we thought. Check out the behind the scenes video and you will get what we mean. Definitely some skills required.

Excel Spreadsheet



Similar to the previous idea, this gives you much more control because the Excel spreadsheet won’t move about. Achieving the graphics will require a bit of colour sense and patience though. Using an 8-bit design element to form so many frames is definitely no walk in the park. Excel-lent!

LEGO Blocks



There are lots of LEGO stop motion videos online. LEGO blocks are easier to control since the movements can be more accurate. We love this video! This is very suitable for camera shy couples. Make sure you have a lot of LEGO blocks before you get started though. Like, heaps.

Pencil



This is a very good example of how so many things around us can be used to create stop motion videos. It might be harder to tell a story, but with the help of typography, it can be used to deliver short messages. Like a ‘Save The Date’ video, for example.

Paper



This should be thought through carefully but it’s definitely not impossible. Someone’s already done a copy of it just to experiment with the idea of using stop motion. It’s a very interesting piece of art so only do this if your friends know how to appreciate it. You’ll have your audience’s attention, so you can also include simple messages within.

Paper Cutout



If you like doodling, this is your chance. Paper cutout stop motion is a very good way of telling your love story. Make sure you have a good voiceover person doing your narration, and keep it short and sweet. Don’t bore your friends with too many unnecessary details.

Sand Art



‘Gulp’ is a short film created by Sumo Science at Aardman. Shot on location at Pendine Beach in South Wales, every frame of this stop motion animation was shot using a Nokia N8, with its 12-megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics. The film has broken the world record for the ‘largest stop motion animation set’, with the largest scene stretching over 11,000 square feet. Okay, maybe you should keep yours a little bit smaller.