by Oliver - Monday, June 24, 2013 - Permalink
(Note: This example is not made with iStopMotion.) The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) holds its annual conference this week in San Antonio, TX. This great stop motion video, produced by our friends at MediaCore explains the flipped classroom, an important concept for the future. Meet Boinx Software in Hall D at booth 4281 (c/o Freshi Media) for more information about how to use stop motion animation in the classroom. MediaCore also exhibits in Hall D at booth 13196.
by Oliver - Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - Permalink
Congrats to our friend Steffen Tröger on the 10th anniversary of his stop motion studio golego! Thank you, Steffen, for 10 years of great brickfilms made with iStopMotion.
by Megan - Thursday, June 13, 2013 - Permalink
Every now and then we come across truly unique ways of using iStopMotion. Case in point: using iStopMotion for iPad to prototype another app. Think about it – you have a really awesome idea for an app, but where do you begin? You need to communicate that idea to others who can help you develop it, but as our friend Jenni Leder puts it, “Sometimes just verbally explaining animations with various swooshing noises and crazy hand gestures receives an audience of blank stares.” That’s where iStopMotion for iPad comes in.
Jenni is an art director for Bottle Rocket Apps, a mobile app company responsible for a seriously impressive collection of apps. A big part of her job is conceptualizing app ideas then presenting them to clients. So rather than playing out a frustrating (and mortifying) game of charades, Jenni creates prototypes. In stage one of the prototyping process, she and her “partner in crime” Alli Dryer dumped out the elementary school art sets of yesteryear to create some paper mockups. She says, “We used a mix of paper, crayons and a few printed out mockups and placed them in an iPad sized paper frame. This allowed us to quickly play with different layout options and get a feel for how each section could move.”
Once they nailed down a few solid ideas, Jenni and Alli moved on to phase two: testing out various interactions. Here they used iStopMotion for iPad, which allowed them to quickly create stop motion animations mimicking the actual interactions between app elements. A natural progression from their paper prototypes, Jenni and Alli were excited to be able to use iStopMotion for iPad in their creative process, as it essentially filled the gap between paper prototype and design phase, allowing Jenni “to test out how an animation or transition might work in an app before bothering a developer to see if it's even right to use for the project. Now it’s the first thing Alli and I turn to when we're starting to work out an idea.”
She adds, “iStopMotion has been a really great tool for communicating animations and transitions when we’re planning and building apps. Sometimes it’s hard for my co-workers and I to verbally explain to the developers or clients exactly what we’re thinking. It's easier to just show them what we're talking about visually. iStopMotion is great because I can just build something with paper (or other materials) really quick and easy to show exactly what I was thinking. I'm not an expert at any movie making software – I generally stick to iMovie when the need arises – so I was really thankful at how intuitive and easy iStopMotion is.”
As for their prototyping animations (like this, and this), Jenni says, “These are not perfect, but the idea of prototyping is that it's not a finished product. It's merely a tool for getting your idea across quickly. Sometimes you find out that the idea just doesn't work for the project. It's so much better to test your idea out this way, rather than wasting the developer's time coding the project, tweaking the animations, and then finding out that it doesn't feel right. When the idea does work though, you can show it to the developer and they can code the animation off that, rather than making various swooshing noises, crazy hand gestures and getting raised eyebrows from the person you're explaining it to.”
by Megan - Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - Permalink
We've discussed in the past the majestic beauty of a meal preparing itself, so when we saw Midnight Snack, we knew we couldn't resist taking a big bite. Honestly, what better time for a sandwich to figure out how to make itself than at 12am when you've sleepily stumbled into the kitchen with an empty belly, am I right?!
Midnight Snack is the creation of artist Salman Sajun, who said, "I was itching to shoot something, having recently done my groceries I thought it would be fun to shoot a short stop-motion version of a midnight snack. This is what I came up with." He used iStopMotion for the Mac in conjunction with Canon's EOS Utility to create the effect of the sandwich assembling itself (sorry folks, he did not, in fact, figure out how to program his groceries to transform themselves into the sandwich of his dreams - pun intended).
As for his use of iStopMotion, Salman tells us, "I stumbled on it while searching on the internet for a way to shoot stop motion. It was years ago though, but I remember reading about it on a blog post that lead me to the website. A trial run later I was fairly familiar with it. I like that it's simple to use. The interface is clean and works very well with the built in camera on my MacBook. Exporting was a breeze too, a big plus when capturing so many images."
To Salman, we say, compliments to the chef! Well done on the stop motion animation. Now if you could get back to figuring out how to teach food how to prepare itself, we'd greatly appreciate it. Only kidding....
To see more of what Salman Sajun can create, check out his amazing work here!
by Megan - Wednesday, June 05, 2013 - Permalink
Recently, our friend Jean MacDonald (a partner at Smile, a well known iOS and Mac developer) launched a campaign to raise money to bring to fruition one amazing idea: App Camp For Girls. While attending the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference last year, Jean was shocked when she realized there was hardly another woman in sight among the 5,000 attendees. So, she decided to do something about it.
App Camp For Girls is a weeklong camp for girls ages 12 to 14, dedicated to teaching young females the process of creating an app, from brainstorming to developing to marketing the finished product. Volunteer female experts in software development, design, testing, support and marketing will coach the girls. "Amazing things happen when women mentors help girls see themselves in roles they had never imagined before," says Jean.
App Camp For Girls has already had an "Alpha release" in March with great success and a free "Beta release" session is happening in June with 12 girls. Now, App Camp For Girls is raising $50,000 via Indiegogo for funding the first 12 months of building a non-profit international program, which includes purchasing equipment, insurance and legal advice.
The world needs more female software developers! Visit Jean’s Indiegogo page and pledge your support to help launch App Camp For Girls into an international movement. In addition to donating money, you can also show your support by telling your friends on Facebook, Twitter and so on. Your support will help shape the future of app and software development and so much more!
by Megan - Monday, June 03, 2013 - Permalink
If you had a seriously fantastic secret ingredient, would you share it with the world? Luckily for us, Chuck Jones is sharing his – and it’s FotoMagico 4! While sitting by the pool one day, he recalls, a little girl began riding her bike around the pool. The scene was just too adorably perfect to pass up. He snapped a few photos and videos of the little girl (with a cameo from her mom) in all her childish glory. Which is where FotoMagico 4 steps in. Chuck knew it was the perfect way to bring his material together in a beautiful and cohesive slideshow saying, “This is exactly the type of creative challenge that I love using FotoMagico to solve.”
“FotoMagico allows you to create customized slideshows, mixing photos with movies and audio, for a storytelling effect like none other. FotoMagico brings your photos to life and keeps your audience at the edge of their seats.”
“While iPhoto has languished in R and D, FotoMagico has continued developing the product and enhancing the feature set, though somewhat flying below the radar of photographers who could best utilize it. Unlike the very limited slideshow capability built inside Lightroom, the UI and feature toolset of FotoMagico is very robust. As a creative artist, everything I seem to want is right there, waiting for my use. This is a product that has evolved gracefully, thoughtfully through the years, with developers who clearly understand both photographic presentation to an audience and what an artist goes through creating them.
"There are plenty of photo editing applications, Photoshop being the market leader and most widely known, but applications such as Aperture from Apple, and Adobe’s Lightroom also command a large audience and installed user base. Adobe Premier, AVID, and Final Cut Pro are the leading video editing suites among many others specifically designed for working with video. But while most of these applications can work with mixed media, most are quite limited in features to use in execution, or are incredibly complex in operation with a steep, non-intuitive learning curve to use them effectively.
"This need is where FotoMagico magically slips into the cracks. It is a tool designed from the ground up specifically for artists to create slideshows. Simple slideshows quickly, or quite complex audio and video productions using FotoMagico 4′s extensive tool set. If you want simple, neat, and easy, FotoMagico serves the need. Want to get more complex with transitions and some cool trick moves? Again, the power of FotoMagico’s extensive tool set has been almost exactly what I’ve needed to do most anything. I have to be honest and say that I’ve only still scratched the surface of the full creative power FotoMagico has to offer. I suggest you check out their demo that ships installed with the software download. Very impressive. And you can copy/paste the same frames and transitions from the demo into your own creations as a starting point. A fantastic time saver, and very cool.”
Well, there you have it – FotoMagico is the secret ingredient to Chuck’s beautiful slideshow work, and it can be yours, too. Cat’s out of the bag!
by Megan - Friday, May 31, 2013 - Permalink
Hey! Happy Friday, everyone! It's time to let loose, so throw on your favorite record and jam out. Watch the video above for some inspiration on how to get down. Whether it's head banging, arm flailing or breakdancing, everyone has a preferred dancing method, and the weekend is the perfect time to show off those moves.
In the iStopMotion animation above, the filmmaker created his character "using a copper wire puppet with a wooden head and a mouth of plasticene." He adds, "The backdrop was an old shirt, I sewed the puppets shirt and screen-printed on a logo from a Winnipeg landmark, glued on some denim pants... Oh, and I used lots of hockey tape." As for iStopMotion for Mac, he tells us it was easy, simple to use and intuitive.
Hope everyone has a rockin' weekend!
by Megan - Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - Permalink
We're halfway through the week (even more than halfway, depending on what side of the globe you live on!), and to celebrate, we just launched an update to our stop motion animation app of choice (wink, wink), iStopMotion for iPad 2.1. The latest update to the app for the iPad® 2 or higher now offers WebDAV support and push notifications. With WebDAV support, teachers using iStopMotion for iPad to enhance the curriculum can easily set up a local server to collect work created on multiple iPads, allowing students to collaborate on class- or school-wide projects. This eliminates the need for a cloud service such as YouTube or Dropbox, which is especially important since using the cloud is often restricted in many schools. We're excited to see how schools and summer camps and workshops will use iStopMotion for iPad to make learning a more immersive and fun experience!
Additionally, users can now enable the new push notifications feature in both iStopMotion for iPad and the iStopMotion Remote Camera app (available for iPhone 4 and newer, iPod touch 4th generation and newer, iPad 2 and newer, and iPad mini) to receive an alert whenever great new iStopMotion examples are available in the Theater, so they do not need to check periodically themselves. So if you're stuck inside on a rainy day (like we are today), you can check out any of the animations available in the theater to help entertain and inspire.
Not sure how exactly to get started? Check out the Animation Chefs' blog to watch their awesome web series, read and watch tips and tricks on animating, and much more. We posted an oldie-but-goodie video above from them - Episode 5 from the Chefs' series, featuring Justin Bieber and Godzilla. It's awesome and will be sure to inspire! Whether you're looking for an exciting and interactive way to tell stories for educational purposes or just want to have some fun bringing some inanimate objects to life, iStopMotion for iPad is a great way to do it.
iStopMotion for iPad 2.1 and Remote Camera Pricing and Availability
iStopMotion for iPad 2.1 is now available on the iPad App Store for 9.99 USD or as a free update for existing users. iStopMotion Remote Camera is available for free in the App Store.
by Oliver - Thursday, May 23, 2013 - Permalink
Animation Chefs make a delicious 2.5 D clay fish animation. With Bubbles!
by Megan - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - Permalink
This past April, a few of our dear friends made the brave trip out to Las Vegas, Nevada for the National Association of Broadcasters Show, otherwise known as NAB. It’s one of the biggest broadcast shows of the year, where industry professionals of all shapes and sizes come out to meet and do business.
The Padcaster was one of our friends to make the journey to the busy conventional halls filled with over 1,500 exhibitors and over 90,000 media and entertainment professionals. If you’re unfamiliar with the Padcaster, it’s a pretty nifty iPad case that transforms the iPad into a moviemaking machine (you can see why we like this). It allows filmmakers to mount the iPad to a monopod or tripod for smooth shooting, as well as to attach accessories like mics and lights to help enhance the shoot. With the Lenscaster, a separate accessory, users can attach their preferred lens to the device, giving them control over the iPad camera’s focus and depth of field.
With the Padcaster in tow, “Padcastin’ Gary” set out to, um, “interview” show exhibitors. These unsuspecting victims were expecting a press interview – what they got was something entirely different. Watch above as they get hilariously spoofed in this NAB wrap-up from the Padcaster, which was shot, edited and uploaded directly from the iPad, all from the NAB show floor.
About 53 seconds into the short film, you’ll notice a certain filmmaking technique Boinx is famous for – timelapse. Padcastin’ Gary zips down the crowded NAB aisles as he shoots a timelapse of all the action (…happening behind his head…) using Boinx’s iStopMotion for iPad. Days one and two start out the same, with Gary (aka Katie Holmes, aka Fred Flintstone, aka Elmer Fudd…you’ve gotta see it to understand) wreaking havoc on NAB exhibitors. By day three, you can see Las Vegas is beginning to catch up on Gary…and gets him completely by day four, and iStopMotion for iPad catches it all.
All that aside, the Padcaster is an awesome tool to use with iStopMotion for iPad. By mounting the Padcaster-held iPad to a tripod, shooting still frames in iStopMotion becomes so much easier. The camera is no longer shaky and animators can achieve great, smooth shots. Plus, lights can really enhance the entire shoot, with consistent lighting throughout the entire film. And if you want to get real fancy, throw in your favorite lens using the Lenscaster. You’ll be on your way to Hollywood in no time!