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Deepti Menon, Filmmaker & Animator

Deepti Menon
Filmmaker & Animator

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Create a 1 minute stop motion animation using a smart phone or tablet and found objects.

Core Ideas

Movement, Timing, Storytelling


Smart Phone

or tablet


We recommend a cheap octopus tripod or arm. As long as the surface is stable, it works!

Art Supplies: Colored Construction Paper

1 sheet 12″ x 18″ (or larger) colored construction paper

found/recycled objects (dried pasta, yarn, pencils, anything goes!)


Pick 3-5 found objects.

Stop Motion Animation, Deepti Menon

Place construction paper flat on a table. The paper will be the background for the animation. Set up your smart phone/tablet on a tripod. The lens must face straight down at the construction paper.

Stop Motion Animation, Deepti Menon

Arrange the objects on the construction paper.

Stop Motion Animation, Deepti Menon

Open the Stop Motion app on your phone/tablet. Set up a new project and shoot your first frame.

Move at least one of your objects slightly. Repeat until you’ve shot at least 50 frames.

Stop Motion Animation, Deepti Menon

Preview your animation in the Stop Motion app.

Stop Motion Animation, Deepti Menon

Play with the speed.

Export the video into your camera roll.


Cindy Qiao

Cindy Qiao
2018 Intern

“Animation has always been something that has absolutely terrified me. Whether that’s because of how tedious it is or how incredibly detailed it is, I’m not sure. But I have always admired it from afar, always too scared to try it out.

The Stop Motion Animation project was an amazing and fun experience because I have never even done animation. The process was incredibly enlightening and I had so much fun exploring different materials I could use like coins, buttons, and tissue paper.

I loved figuring out a story I could tell and the entire process was just completely different from all of the other art pieces I’ve done before. There are parts where I wish I had better focused the camera or taken my time to capture more frames.

However, overall, I was amazed and surprised to find that animation could be simple. I was scared it was going to take me forever to figure it out, but it didn’t. It’s a super playful medium, especially for storytelling, and I’m definitely going to do it again.”


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