Stop Motion

May 9, 2020

My first Macbook was also my first laptop with a camera in it, so I asked a somewhat dumb question when I was buying it, which was, “can the camera take pictures?”. I think what I was asking was essentially what the app Photo Booth is, but the sales person at the Apple store, for some reason, thought I wanted a camera to make stop motion videos. They said they weren’t sure if it could, but that would be cool. I agreed. I never tried but I can imagine it would have been not cool, since the camera on those plasticBooks were about .1 megapixels and shoved in the top of the lid making for some awkward angles.

Jump forward 14ish years and the little pocket computer I take everywhere has both a camera good enough to use for stop motion videos and the processing power to edit them. We’ve been rebuilding my childhood Lego collection lately, so I used some minifigs as actors. The wizard’s… hat… was from an earlier video.

I later tried to get the child to help me make a stop-motion video her mother might appreciate on a certain day that’s upcoming, but she didn’t seem to impressed by moving picture technology. I stitched these together using Stop Motion Studio which is straight up amazing at the cost of free.