How to Make a Pixilation Animation:
Pixilation animation is stop-motion animation with live actors as subjects. Objects
may be incorporated as well.
-Computer with Photoshop software
-A location to film or a capture station (such as a large sheet of colored paper to use
as a background)
Making the animation:
The first step in making a pixilation animation, once you've got all your equipment,
is to plan a storyline. Figure out what you want your actors to accomplish and what
kind of props they should use, if any. After a rehearsal or two, it will be time to
bring out the camera!
It's important that your camera's setting is manual rather than automatic. This is
because automatic settings adjust to the light after each snap of a picture, and that
may lead to a slightly distracting flickering effect in your animation. On manual, the
lighting will remain the same throughout the entire shoot. Also, it's important that
you shoot in a small file size, such as jpeg.
Shooting your pixilation animation is fairly simple, and the length of time it takes to
film depends on the complexity of your idea. One picture is taken per movement of
the actors and/or objects in your animation.
Simply move, take a picture, move, take a picture, move, take a picture, and so
By doing this, you can:
-Make people scoot across a surface without moving their legs!
-Make inanimate objects move!
-Make people magically appear and disappear!
When you feel as if your shoot is complete, load the plethora of pictures you just
took onto Photoshop and put the finishing touches on your animation!
Here's an example
Gunn, Karin. "Pixilation. Animation in the Artroom." Pixilation. Animation in the Classroom. Nov. 2006. Web. 12 Oct. 2011.
Her Morning Elegance / Oren Lavie - YouTube. YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 19 Jan. 2009. Web. 12 Oct. 2011.
Film / Online Video
Murphy, Mary. Beginner's Guide to Animation. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2008. Print.