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How to Make Paper Animation

About this Lesson

  • Type: Video Tutorial
  • Length: 11:42
  • Media: Video/mp4
  • Use: Watch Online & Download
  • Access Period: Unrestricted
  • Download: MP4 (iPod compatible)
  • Size: 88 MB
  • Posted: 07/21/2008

This is a lesson about making simple animations using cut-paper animation. You may be familiar with paper animation from South Park or Monty Python. Paper animation is a great medium for both young and old, amatures and professional artists. That is because it is simple to learn but can be expanded to create more complicated animations. In this lesson we will learn about setting up a basic scene, using hinges, re-usable elements, replacement animation, and simple lip sync.

For this exercise you will need a digital still camera, a tripod, and a computer with software such as iMovie. In this lesson we will use iMovie, but the principles we discuss can be used with other programs too.

You may also want to watch my lesson on Claymation: www.mindbites.com/lesson/231

The author works as a professional animator and teacher. She received her BA in Studio Art, and her MFA in Film.

About this Author

Jeanne
Jeanne
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http://JeanneStern.com

Jeanne Stern is an Austin based animator, artist, and filmmaker. Her work has shown many places including the Smithsonian, PBS, South by Southwest, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Athens Video Art Festival, and Heather Henson's Handmade Puppet Dreams. She received her MFA in film production from the University of Texas, and her BA in Studio Art from Connecticut College. Jeanne currently creates animation for various clients, including the Jewish educational website, G-dcast.com (such as this short about Passover: http://g-dcast.com/passover ). She also teaches classes in Austin at the Austin School of Film. Her recent film work has incorporated the third dimension,...

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Recent Reviews

Nopic_orng
Clear and specific
09/07/2011
~ pinpuppets

I just want to say: If you want to learn this technique, this is the easiest and most completed tutorial I've seen online! You can start right after the lesson (TOOL)!

Nopic_orng
For me and my kids
06/05/2011
~ Paul46

I ordered this tutorial for myself and my sons who are very keen to make some cartoons. As a photojournalist and filmmaker, I've used stop motion animation in my work but this tutorial has gotten me very excited about what my sons might come up with.

It is a most excellent tutorial that my boys will easily understand and it was a good reminder for me.

Thank you. Highly recommended.

Paul Treacy
http://paultreacy.com

Nopic_tan
EXCELLENT!
04/14/2010
~ LINDA11

This video is just what I need!
I want to make short films for teaching language. The presentation of the paper animation is so clear I'm sure I can do it.

Great ideas and so simple. I'm off to my studio to try these techniques. Thank you, Jeanne. Please tell me more.

Nopic_orng
Great tutorial!
01/02/2010
~ Yvonne3

Got a lot out of this lesson, thanks!

Nopic_gry
Great information about animating!
10/12/2009
~ Tracey2

A good basic introduction to animating with cut paper. Thanks very much.

Nopic_orng
Clear and specific
09/07/2011
~ pinpuppets

I just want to say: If you want to learn this technique, this is the easiest and most completed tutorial I've seen online! You can start right after the lesson (TOOL)!

Nopic_orng
For me and my kids
06/05/2011
~ Paul46

I ordered this tutorial for myself and my sons who are very keen to make some cartoons. As a photojournalist and filmmaker, I've used stop motion animation in my work but this tutorial has gotten me very excited about what my sons might come up with.

It is a most excellent tutorial that my boys will easily understand and it was a good reminder for me.

Thank you. Highly recommended.

Paul Treacy
http://paultreacy.com

Nopic_tan
EXCELLENT!
04/14/2010
~ LINDA11

This video is just what I need!
I want to make short films for teaching language. The presentation of the paper animation is so clear I'm sure I can do it.

Great ideas and so simple. I'm off to my studio to try these techniques. Thank you, Jeanne. Please tell me more.

Nopic_orng
Great tutorial!
01/02/2010
~ Yvonne3

Got a lot out of this lesson, thanks!

Nopic_gry
Great information about animating!
10/12/2009
~ Tracey2

A good basic introduction to animating with cut paper. Thanks very much.

Nopic_gry
Good and clear intro
01/12/2009
~ distantsignals

Very nice tutorial to start with basic animation. Thanks.

Matt_homepage
Really awesome
08/01/2008
~ matt

This does a great job of showing how paper animation works. I knew there were a lot of frames involved, but I didn't know about looping or how you can get away with so few pieces.

One of the things that really brought the clips to life was the sound. It was amazing to see how simple shots become action with a good soundtrack behind them. The great thing about this is that the final effect is really great and the techniques are simple for anyone to do ... or at least it looks that way. I'll report back when I've made something...

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