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We have seen two types of Stop Motion Animation: Claymation, which would be the most common form of stop motion and Pixilation, where a human is photographed in different positions to later create a sequence of movement.

Another technique of the Stop Motion Animation is called “Cutout animation” which is made by different pieces of paper or cloth. Whether it simulates a person, a landscape or focuses on abstract animation with figures, it typically has twenty-four frames per second just like the other techniques.

This means that the animator has to move every single piece of paper or cloth, frame it and then move it again. This helps the eye capture the sense of movement when all frames are played together.

Another form of Cutout Animation is what we call Silhouette Animation. In this case, instead of using paper or cloth of colors we only use black, as if the characters, objects, scenarios had a back lighting dthat only allow us to see shadows. Just like the other animations types, every frame that I s photographed is slightly different from the other, which gives the illusion that they are moving on their own.

There is also a type called Object Animation that forms part of the sub-categories of Stop Motion. As its name suggests, it implies the use of everyday inanimate objects. Following the technique of the other stop motion animations, you can “bring objects to life” by moving them and photographing every single frame.

As part of the Object Animation, we have Graphic Animation and Brick Film. Graphic Animation consists on the animation of flat visual graphic material. This model can be confused with cutout animation because of the use of flat material. However, the difference is that cutout animation is typically used to create something else (like characters, objects, etc) with the cutouts while graphic animation is about using photographs, newspaper clippings, magazines, etc. In this case, you create a narrative by manipulating the papers frame by frame.

Brick animation refers to the animation using Lego blocks or other kind of brick toys. It became quite popular on the web because this is an easy way to create animation and does not require expensive equipment or previous knowledge of different things like sculpting. Brick animation was not the only method that became popular. Object animation in general gained a lot of popularity because seeing videos of everyday objects moving by their own gives some sense of magic that attract and entertain people.

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