What is the course about?
A practical course for beginners, introducing you to the basics of creating movies from a series of still photographs, using time-lapse and stop motion effects. You'll learn the techniques and get to grips with the software involved right through the process from capturing the still images to editing, sequencing, optimising and outputting; then you'll work in small groups to plan and shoot your own short stop motion movie.
What will we cover?
- Capturing images directly to a computer
- Stop motion camera software
- Onion skinning
- Outputting video to different resolutions and quality.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- plan and shoot a short stop motion movie
- use simple editing techniques to sequence
- use software to sequence your images
- optimise your movies for various platforms.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for beginners to timelapse photography, so you don't need any prior experience. It is possible to photograph the images using automatic camera modes but the quality can be increased if you have the camera skills to shoot in manual mode (equivalent to having taken a beginners photography course).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
If you would like to buy art materials for your personal use outside of the course, City Lit students receive 10% discount off everything* from Cass Art, the UK's leading art supplies retailer. Your tutor will advise you on what you should buy. You will need to show your enrolment receipt in-store to receive your discount. Visit the Charing Cross shop at 13 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0EP or find your local shop at www.cassart.co.uk. *Terms and conditions apply, visit www.cassart.co.uk/students.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
If your interest in film-making has been sparked, why not try one of City Lit's film, video-editing or animation courses, or one of the wide range of other photography courses on offer? Browse the website or prospectus to get inspired.