Hello,

I'm coming up with a concept for a new project, I want to make a music video based on some drawings I did in this sort of animation style:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8sLcvWG1M4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_7RCRGAZ_g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlOboyuKj1w

so 2D stop motion. The only thing is I'm not sure how it's done. I've always used objects and moved them around. Does anyone know of any good tutorials out there? I usually go to youtube but there aren't any helpful videos. IT should be possible with Dragonframe as I got two of those videos from their blog.

Cheers!

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It seems you are looking to do cut out animation. It's relatively straightforward - you basically cut out your drawings and place them on glass - have your camera set up to do downshooting - then move them around a frame at a time to get your animation going. I'm not sure how good of a tutorial this is, but here's a link that may help:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28XLDl94UYI

Your best bet would be to search YouTube for cut out animation tutorials.

That's very interesting, thanks for sending it over. It's pretty much how I thought it would be - seems like a lot more work than I originally thought though. Also I'm not sure how to incorporate perspective, how would I animate someone walking towards the camera? 

I remembered someone got me a "make your own zombie apocalypse movie kit" which has all the characters and set cut out already. I might try making something with that. Completely different to what I originally had in mind but might be good for experience!

Perspective would be tough - I think that may be one of the limitations of that particular animation style. You could try two layers of glass maybe - with your character on the pane behind and the door on the pane in front. A bit at a time, move the pane behind closer to the pane in front until the two are butted up against each other, then switch the panes and continue moving the one with the character on it forward, in steady increments. I've never tried the cutout animation before, so I'm not real sure how well the 2 pane thing would work...

I think it might be best to keep perspective out of it for now as I don't want to over complicate things just yet.

Another challenge is increasing frames per second. I currently shoot at 15 but I want to increase this on my next video, possibly 20 but maybe a bit less.

Keeping perspective out for now seems the wisest course...

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