My daughter and I are HUGE Star Wars fans. We had been joking about starring in our own Star Wars films. Eventually, the discussions became a little more serious, and we wrote some ideas down. After a while, we had a Star Wars short film planned out! My daughter has quite a few Star Wars Lego sets, and I still have a few of the old Kenner figures from when I was a kid…we decided to incorporate some of our toys into the film.
Neither of us had ever tried any kind of animation before. We had watched classic stop motion films such as Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the Wallace and Gromit shorts, as well as a handful of Lego stop motion videos on YouTube. We decided to give it a try. Let me tell you, I have newfound respect for stop-motion animators. 2 words: skill and patience…mostly patience. It is a rewarding experience once you see your toys come to life.
Not only was stop motion animation a first for me, but I also purchased Apple Motion 5 to incorporate some special effects. I realize that Motion 5 is more for text animations and transitions, but it appeared that it would let me create the effects that I was looking for. I had looked at Adobe After Effects…it is a little pricy compared to Motion 5. The 2 don’t really do the same thing, and probably shouldn’t even be comppared, Motion 5 won because of its price tag. Perhaps when I learn a little more about manipulating video and adding special effects, I will take the plunge and purchase Adobe After Effects. For now, I will work with Motion 5.
My daughter and I had a wonderful time together, planning this out, executing, and editing. The video is obviously on the amateur side, but it allowed us to step briefly into the Star Wars universe and live out a dream or 2.