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Filming your Animation

Animation takes a lot of time and effort, though so be patient with yourself. You need software on your computer. First, you need to plan your story down to the smallest detail. Using a shot card and storyboard will help you prepare. Once the planning is done, you will need to set up your camera and begin taking your photos. When you have taken all the photos you need, then you will be ready to edit your film. Below are the 6 steps on how to filming your animation.

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1. Put Your Camera on a Tripod

Because of the little differences between each photo shoot, it’s important that your camera stays in the same position. Set up your camera position on a tripod to ensure that it does. Before filming your animation take a few test shots to make sure the tripod is at the right length and angle to set.

You can use any digital camera or smartphone. A larger camera like DSLRs will give you the most editing options.

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Next, you will occasionally need to move your camera, depending on what you want to highlight in each scene. Make sure you perceive on your storyboard when you need to move the camera position, and where you should move it to.

2. Set your Camera Scene

Set up the initial set you are going to use, and then place your figures according to the first shot card. Once you get into actually setting up the camera scene, you might find that you want to tweak some things slightly. That’s fine, but make sure you make the changes to other shot cards as per requirement. Your first scene should set up the whole story.

3. Take your First Shot

Once everything is set up, you are ready to take the shot! Click the shutter on your camera. Make sure everything looks the way you need it by checking the photo, including the figures, the lighting and your set.

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The complete scene should be well-lit, but it should also imitate the scene you are creating. So if you are shooting a scene that’s supposed to take place outside, choose a spot where the sun might be in the sky and set up a light over there. It will create the realistic shadows.

4. Set your Next Move

Use your next shot card to set up the next shot. Always keep in mind that it will be a tiny change from your first shot to your second. Once the next movement is set, take another photo with your camera. Keep a habit of checking each photograph.

Keep the background in mind while you are getting shots. If you have other human or animals in the background scene, make sure you are also moving them.

5. Load your Photos into Film Editing Software

Once you have got all of your photographs done, load them into the film editing software you are going to use. Once you attach the camera or SD card, the software you are using should prompt you about importing them.

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6. Edit your Film

Once all the photographs have been imported, you can start to edit and filming your animation. To edit in the easiest way together is to import them into a slideshow, and set the slide duration to the lowest possible time setting. Other software such as adobe photoshop, audition, premiere, after effects, 3dsMax, autoCAD, etc., will have other options for editing your photos together. You will need to play with the software you have chosen to see which you like best one and comfortable to use it.

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