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Frame by Frame Stop Motion by Tom Gasek

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Exercise 5The Dropping Heads (Cutout)

This exercise requires a little photography, some X-Acto knife work, and a simple downshooter setup. It is not necessary to shoot these cutouts on a downshooter or a piece of glass, but that may add another element for the more advanced animator. You are going to photograph a person (yourself) and print out that photograph on thin card stock that you can run through a printer. You then cut the parts of your body in sections so they can be animated. You also need a few images from the web or magazines that have images of different heads, which you substitute for your own head in the animation. Make sure that these head images are basically in the same scale as your body, although varying the scale a bit can ...

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