WHAT IS STOP MOTION?
Episode 1 Glossary
Stop Motion Animation:
Also known as “stop frame” or “stop mo”, stop motion is an animation filmmaking technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion or change when the series of frames is played back.
Host Casey compares it to traditional, hand-drawn animation, but instead of drawings going by every frame, it’s pictures.
Claymation (Clay Animation):
A type of stop motion animation where the subject being animated is made of clay.
A type of stop motion animation where the subject being animated is a human—a “human puppet” as our hosts say.
A type of stop motion animation where the subject being animated is a cutout. Cutout Animation usually refers to paper cutouts, but flat characters, props, and backgrounds can be cut from any flat materials such as paper, card, stiff fabric or photographs.
A technique of capturing video. Frames are captured at a lower frequency than traditional video, so playback appears sped up. This is not animation/stop motion.
Refers to a story told in episodes or series of installments. In animation, episodic is usually what you’d think of as a show, but it can also refer to streaming platforms.
Pipeline (Animation Pipeline):
Typically made up of pre-production, production, and post-production, a pipeline consists of all the steps needed to take an animated project from start to finish. Visually represented, a pipeline looks like an interconnected flowchart.
Crew time off between projects or seasons.