Simon's First Stop-Motion Video

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Last week while I attended his IEP meeting Simon got to hang out with his friend Ben. Ben and his Dad had just been perfecting the art of stop-motion and taught Simon the basics. We left there with the name of a small camera and the software (Frame By Frame) Simon needed to make some of his own videos here at home.

The camera arrived over the weekend and he's been making little videos daily since then. This first one is about 9 seconds long - you might have to push play twice (for some reason I did). So cool.

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  1. Pat Mossgate

    2012-03-16 05:21:26 -0400

    Awesome! Way to go Simon! Your video brought back memories of Willis O' Brien, Eliot Noyes Jr. and the stop motion movies I recall watching as a child, such as the original black and white Godzilla and King Kong movies. Every Sunday we would watch Gumby and Pokey. David and Goliath, Pinocchio, they were made this way too. I would love to see, and hope to see, more of your stop motion videos, Simon. Thanks for sharing.

  2. KathleenB

    2012-03-16 06:25:34 -0400

    That is so awesome! Reminds me of my boy, who's now almost 27! He used to make those videos, also of Star Wars, so many years ago!

  3. Anne Brooks

    2012-03-16 08:20:48 -0400

    Simon needs to come hang out with my son, Alex. Awesome job !

  4. Tinka

    2012-03-16 10:56:47 -0400

    Those are so fun to watch. My nephews make those videos alot, as well as movie trailers!

  5. Deirdre

    2012-03-16 10:59:10 -0400

    Awesome, Simon! Can't wait to share with my sons:)

    Also hope to come back here and hear of similar software for us PC-users. My sons film a lot of Lego-movies, in hopes of my turning it into stop-action or editing it for them using Movie Maker. But it just takes too much time...would love to hear of a kid-friendly software so THEY could edit!

    One more thing---LOVED your newsletter today, Ali, and it made me think of Karen Maezen Miller's recent post about routine and ritual. She was talking about parenting but I found it to be just what I need to hear in terms of my own work/productivity:

  6. Christine

    2012-03-16 11:20:24 -0400

    Wow, that was great!! So happy to see that he has found this art form!! I see a future movie producer in the making. Thanks for sharing it!
    xoxo, Christine

  7. Tawnda Andrews

    2012-03-16 12:14:39 -0400

    Wasn't sure what a stop motion video was. I was pleasantly surprised and delighted by it and Simon's genius. LOVE!! First thing I thought was..."AWESOME!"

  8. Julie Ebersole

    2012-03-16 12:22:45 -0400

    Simon! Dude! That is one slick video!!! Well done!

  9. Renee

    2012-03-16 16:26:39 -0400

    Way to go Simon! Your video is very cool!

  10. Denise Morrison

    2012-03-16 20:34:34 -0400

    oh my gosh this is so cool. my son Conner made his first movie this past winter. we used smoovie which makes things super easy. it's for Imac. here's a link if simon would like to see it. Conner liked his film a lot. have fun!

  11. Sheri Crowley

    2012-03-16 20:37:02 -0400

    WOOP WOOP!! Awesome job!

  12. Sue I.

    2012-03-16 22:07:58 -0400

    OMG! That was sooooo cool! I wanna do that! Nice job Simon!!! Ali, what camera and where did you get it? I really would love to do that and I think my 15-year-old son would have fun with it too!

  13. Sue I.

    2012-03-16 22:11:44 -0400

    OMG! That was sooooo cool! Nice job Simon!! I wanna do that! And I think my 15-year-old son would have fun with it too! Will need Simon's tutorial though...

  14. Mikki

    2012-03-16 22:47:54 -0400

    Outstanding job! Go Simon! I look forward to seeing more.

  15. Naomi

    2012-03-17 01:05:54 -0400

    Awesome ... going to be ordering that camera as well! Will purchase through your link though here on the AE site!

  16. Beth R.

    2012-03-17 16:01:21 -0400

    How wonderful is this???? Tell Simon he is brilliant and I can't wait for the next one!!

  17. Petra from NL

    2012-03-18 09:05:43 -0400


  18. Amanda Kay Tea

    2012-03-18 16:39:58 -0400

    wow he did a fantastic job!! loved it :)

  19. Melonie Madison

    2012-03-18 21:08:58 -0400

    Great job Simon!

  20. Marian

    2012-03-18 21:50:43 -0400

    Wow - he did such a great job for his first weekend. It takes so much patience!

  21. Cori

    2012-03-22 09:43:25 -0400

    Thanks for the software link. My son does the same with his legos on my camera but we just sit there and press the next button fast to see it and I didn't how to make it into video for him!

  22. Domenico

    2012-03-22 18:11:51 -0400

    Ridiculously cool!

  23. Kathleen

    2012-03-23 06:31:31 -0400

    This is so very cool, Ali! My son's desire for all things Lego is waning---so sad! The stop motion might change's a thought! So happy for Simon

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