Start Your First Stop-Motion Project
Hi, I’m Aaron. I enjoy traveling, sunsets, and long walks down aisle 7 at my local grocery store.
As part of my residency project, I’ve launched Hungry Boy, a multichannel digital outlet that challenges the way we virtually consume. I seek to inspire people’s perception of food beyond its base value, through photography and video-based projects that focus on the “why” and “how” of food and food culture. I like to consider food as form to craft compelling compositions, often personifying ingredients to bring these concepts to life through stop-motion animation.
But before you get started, there are some fundamentals to consider, in order to ensure successful results.
An unexpected part of creating stop-motion has been the collection of random TOOLS I’ve accumulated. My personal favorite has been Play-Doh, which has proven to be extremely effective in adhering objects to similarly colored backdrops. I have also gathered a considerable number of toothpicks and skewers in a variety of sizes—they help my food items temporarily defy the laws of physics between frames.
Stop-motion may seem time-consuming, but remember that it’s only as involved as you want it to be. Stop-motion animation is equal parts technical ability, imagination, and patience. And it’s a very forgiving technique: if you mess up or don’t like the results, you can simply start over from your latest frame, or completely scratch your setup and begin again.
If you’re not sure where to begin, I would suggest starting small with just a few objects to get a hands-on understanding of how lighting and framing can effectively translate movement. Perhaps I’m biased, but I think that food can make for great geometric, clean building blocks to explore crafting impactful movements, producing intriguing results through its colors and textures. So next time you find yourself wandering through the grocery store, spend some extra time in the produce section and consider how you can bring those items to life.
Who says you can’t play with your food?