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Stop Motion with Kevin Parry

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Master the technical and creative skills of stop-motion! In this course, Kevin Parry will teach you how to bring any object to life and create visually stunning animated content. Welcome to the intersection of high art and hot glue.

Stop Motion with Kevin Parry

Ready to step into the non-digital world of stop-motion animation? There's no Undo button or Copy & Paste here! In this comprehensive course, you'll learn all the stages of physical stop-motion product - setting up and lighting a home studio, rigging objects for controlled movement, and making it all look pretty in post-production. All with a splash of animation principles.

Stop-motion is a straight-ahead approach to animation - one that requires a sharp instinct and the patience to build a performance one frame at a time. Kevin will share the unique insight and experience he's gained over his decade-long career as a professional stop-motion animator.

What is this course about?

Basic: You've already started taking the first steps in the sphere and have a basic understanding of the work principles of this soft.

I've animated on a number of stop-motion features like Kubo & the Two Strings, Missing Link, and The Boxtrolls. Lately, I've been animating and creating visual effects content full-time for myself and big brands (from my tiny home studio).

About the author

Stop Motion with Kevin Parry

It's Kevin Parry!

Course Curriculum

1. Setup and Shooting (Part 1)
Stop-motion production exists in the physical world! We'll start with a full overview of a basic stop-motion set and the unique considerations of each piece of equipment.
2. Setup and Shooting (Part 2)
Now that everything is set up, let's put it all together by exploring how changing the position of any piece of equipment affects the scene.
3. Timing and Spacing
Let's start with the basic principles of animation and how to understand them with a straight-ahead approach (one frame at a time). In this lesson, simple exercises will give you an understanding of movement and how to trust your instincts when capturing a frame.
4. Arcs, Multiple Objects, and Replacements
We'll increase the difficulty by animating many objects, which means keeping track of several performances at the same time. We'll also be getting a better understanding of using capture software to explore more advanced paths of motion.
5. The Bouncing Ball (Squash and Stretch)
Warm up the clay! The classic bouncing ball exercise brought into the physical world. We'll learn about the basic principles of squash and stretch while using rigs to float a jumping object.
6. Rig Removal
Our first adventure into the post-production process. In After Effects, we'll learn how to remove the rigging from the previous lesson as well as other pesky problems like camera shift and light flicker.
7. Blocking Animation
When first learning stop-motion, you'll often find yourself freezing on frame one while thinking, "Now what?" In this lesson, we'll dive into the planning process of blocking key poses that's typically used in television and feature film production.
8. The Frog and the Rabbit
We'll explore how the blocking pass from the previous lesson can be used to create various distinct performances and go on to fully animate our first character performance.
9. Ball into a Box (Between the Keys)
Let's get experimental! In this lesson, it's up to you to decided how to creatively transform from one object into another. We'll develop an appreciation for the breakdown poses between the keyframes all while flexing our creative muscles.
10. Character Performance (Anticipation and Overlapping Action)
Grab your director's hat. We're diving deeper into the nuances of animation principles and performance by creating a full story about the interaction of two characters. A key lesson here is understanding how to control where the audience is looking when several moving objects are on the screen.
11. Coffee Cup Advertisement (Part 1)
It's time to put everything you've learned together and replicate the process of being hired to create an advertisement - from idea to polished animation. In this lesson, you'll brainstorm and commit to a performance, resulting in a blocking pass of the advertisement.
12. Coffee Cup Advertisement (Part 2)
Time to make the magic happen! Armed with your blocking pass, it's now your job to animate the entire advertisement. Once that's complete, you'll need to polish the footage up in post-production by removing rigs, color correcting, and exporting the final video for the client.

What do our students say?

You will study from animators and Motion Designers from around the globe. Each of them is a professional in their own field, seasoned in production studios, freelance projects with big brands and stock footages. And right, we are also sweet.

Stop Motion with Kevin Parry
  • Move past simply pushing objects around and become an expert animator;
  • Learn the entire production workflow of a professional stop-motion animator;
  • Turn your stop-motion hobby into your own professional business;
  • Learn the animation process of television and feature film production;
  • Develop the skills and confidence to turn any object into an eye-popping piece of content.

Stop Motion with Kevin Parry

Master the technical and creative skills of stop-motion! In this course, Kevin Parry will teach you how to bring any object to life and create visually stunning animated content. Welcome to the intersection of high art and hot glue.

Basic ?

You’ve already started taking the first steps in the sphere and have a basic understanding of the work principles of this soft.

100% money back guarantee

If unhappy with the course, you can request a refund within 14 days after the purchase and get every cent back. Courses purchased before the actual starting date refund can be requested up to 14 days after the first lesson becomes available. Note: not applicable if purchased with a discount coupon

Frequently asked questions

What equipment should I have to be able to complete the course?
This course is mainly designed for those who are seriously into stop-motion animation - meaning you should ideally have a DSLR camera and Dragonframe stop-motion software. If you have never done stop-motion animation before, you will be able to complete the course with a smartphone and a free stop-motion app, however, you will be technically limited in your ability to properly animate.

As the lessons progress, you will need a few materials: clay (that's soft enough to shape), armature wire (that's soft enough to bend but firm enough to hold up a small object), and some sheet of poster board as a backdrop for your animation.
Where can I find Dragonframe Software and After Effects?
You can purchase or download a trial of Dragonframe Software here:

You can find After Effects here: It will be enough to work with the trial version for some time, but we highly recommend buying a license.
Will this course work for me if I know nothing about required software?
No worries if you have no experience in Dragonframe or any other software for stopmotion. Their work principles will be well explained in the course.

We will be using After Effects for post production, so it's better to have some basic knowledge of it. Anyways, If you're a total After Effects beginner we recommend to complete our After Effects Fundamentals course first.
What system requirements are needed to complete the course without any technical issues?

  • Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor; 64-bit support required
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. See the CS6 FAQ for more information about Windows 8 support.*
  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 3 GB of available hard-disk space; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on removable flash storage devices


  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • macOS v10.6.8 or higher
  • 4 GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)
  • 4 GB of available hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation (cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removable flash storage devices)
Are there any discounts?
If no presale or discount activities are happening, you can get in touch with us to receive a -$50 coupon. We provide coupons for countries with not so good exchange rates and for students.

We consider a country with a not so good exchange rate if the currency rate is more than $1 to 10 units of local currency. For example, 10.5 Botswana Pula equals $1. If your county currency rate is lower 1:10 then we do not consider your county as a country with a not so good exchange rate.

We consider you a student if you have a valid student email address (@***.edu) and/or a valid student ID. Please either write to us from your student email or attach a picture of your student ID, so that we can verify your student status.

Please double check if there are no presale, sales or discount activities happening as we do not provide coupons during these periods.
Can I get a refund?
If you're disappointed for whatever reason, you'll get every cent back within 14 days after the purchase. Whether you select to complete the purchase in a single or in several payments.

Note that it only applies to purchases without a discount. So if you would like to use a discount coupon or complete a purchase for the items during a sales period, you will be not eligible for the refund.
Can I share the art that I create during the course?
Yes, all the artwork that you create on the course belongs to you. You can share and tweet and dribbble whatever animation you create. We would be grateful if you mention our school while sharing, we have @motiondesignschool accounts almost on every network.
Will I get enough knowledge to land a job?
With enough practice, you will receive just enough knowledge to reach a new level and outperform your competitors. You will get a chance to get more clients since your character animations will become absolutely outstanding. Most of all, you will be able to charge far more than you are doing now.
How long does it take to successfully complete the course?
It usually takes at least 8 hours of doing practice and watching lessons per week for 2 months for a student to get to the final stage. We do recommend to spend as much time as possible since you are gaining new skills here, it's never an easy journey.
What if my level of English is not good enough and I find it difficult to understand the spoken language?
This course has subtitles, which makes the content easier for understanding and lets you check the unknown words in the dictionary, if needed.