Category Archives: stop-mo

2012 semester one folio submission.

hello tafe instructors,
welcome to the online portion of my folio, including research and finished pieces for the subjects, create graphics and interactive digital media. as per luke surace’s request earlier in the year, research uploaded has been kept to a minimum to ease the burden of him going through everyone’s blog.
if requested i can provide research in hard copy.
happy marking,


final stop-mo.


the soundtrack to my stop-mo.

i narrowed down in my head the music choice for my stop-mo to the following choices:

– not dying today – ( – live version, but was looking at the song mainly for the drums in the intro [listen hard])

– take a bow – (

– star of wonder – (

– sad lisa – (
in the end i went for take a bow by muse as the intro fit my stop-mo perfectly, even changing in tone and pitch when the words in my animation appeared – match made in heaven.

stop-mo storyboard

so i made a storyboard for my stop-mo before i started to make the final product. i had done this after i’d taken the photographs i was going to use in the animation. they are below (photographed as they were too large to scan)
i discovered that i didn’t need to end ones because of what i had going on in my animation – that the cmyk colours form a cage which then disappears.

if you can see the grey lead circles with letters in them – they represent where each bird will be at any given frame.


the birds. the birds.

so, i’ve now constructed all the birds and after a bit more refining they are ready to go. all i’ve got to do now is take the photographs of the human element interacting with them and then i can start to construct the movie.

please meet, cortez the cyan toucan, kenzie the black puffin, maya the magenta flamingo and yates the yellow pelican. put them in a particular order and you get cmyk.




meet cortez.

and here is one of the finished birds. meet cortez the cyan toucan.

rough and ready to fly.

some rough drawings of how my birds are to be represented. each bird then will be themed a particular colour in reference to cmyk. i intend on also adding a texture to the birds drawn from other elements of design; paper and photographic film.



the birds starring in my stop-mo.

in my stop-motion animation, there will 4 species of bird that will star as paper-cut outs along with the human element. these birds will be stylised versions of; toucan, pelican, flamingo and puffin.

i’ve researched (may i add on my new 27-inch imac) a few pictures about how the birds look and even some in flight to see wingspan etc. my versions will be highly stylised so although the will bear a resemblance to the bird, size etc may not necessarily make sense.

other stop-mo inspirations.


cardboard/paper animals is where i’m going with this stop-mo. i had the idea whilst attending a theatre production by little ones theatre that involved a story set around noah’s ark and not letting same sex animals on. weird show, but sprouted the idea.


other images that have caught my eye and below. we are born by sia and aladdin sane by david bowie both have the type of human feel i want to get from the stop-mo. also playing with the idea of having the human made up a little a la david bowie.



the birds.

have been looking at the flight of birds as my idea for the finished stop-mo involves that of a bird (and some other things but we will get to that later). here is a robotic bird that was designed to mimic incredibly the flight of other birds.

here is another, with narration about bird flight. i’m particularly interested in how the wings move. this is on the wrong angle for how i want my bird, but is good insight.