This winter I hosted a stop-action film party for my son Tommy. He and his siblings have been making these type of movies for a few years now and I thought it would be fun to not only celebrate his skills, but to invite his friends to try their hands at it. I had my sons gather different props to work with; like Lego guys and bricks, beanie babies, peeps (those marshmallow treats) and clay. We then divided up the props between two boxes, added scenery and a camera to each.
I separated the party-goers into two groups, gave them each a box and set them to the task of making a half-minute film. We explained to them that there would have to be about ten photo frames per second of film and they should to try take about 250-300 shots.
Once the films were complete we premiered them to the group, to much applause and acclamations. We then passed out secret ballots so they could judge each film on the scenery, use of special effects, direction, story line and overall best short film.
The kids had a great time and showed true imagination. The results were wonderful. See for yourself.