Paper Cut Out Stop Motion Animation

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Favorite Paper Cutout stop motion animations

Paper cut out stop motion animation is one of the cutest forms of animation that absolutely anyone can do at any age. With just a little imagination with a scissors and some colored paper you can create stunning animation. I have selected a few of my favorite paper cut out stop motion animation clips below to enjoy. I have also included the best tutorials on how to go about creating these animations. For those of you who are not sure what cutout animation is exactly let me tell you. See Brandon Ray‘s excellent tutorial video below.

Paper cutout in the Mainstream

Paper cutout stop motion animation is a way of creating animations using flat characters and props shaped out of colored paper or card or fabric. The shapes are layed flat on a surface and moved incrementally between taking snapshots as in traditional stop motion. It’s a very old technique with some surviving work as far back at 1922. Quirino Cristiani (July 2, 1896 – August 2, 1984) was a great cartoonist who used this technique. A more recent well known series used paper cutout stop motion animation namely “South Park”. headexplodie has made a really nice paper cut out animation shown here that is worth viewing to see how such a method can be adapted to tell your story or create your humorous sketch.

For use in Schools Animation

Paper Cut Out Stop Motion Animation is a very popular form of animation in schools. Combining the traditional art and crafts style seen in all schools with animation takes creativity to a new level. Incorporating art and digital art in a fantastically accessible way. Children as young as 6 years old can become proficient in creating animation with some guidance. Gone are the days of sticking pieces of paper to larger sheets to make a still picture. Innovative teachers are now getting animated. Simple fairy tales such as the three little pigs  or Goldilocks and the three bears can be brought to life with paper cut out stop motion animation. It’s easy to get started. All  you need is some colored paper or card, a scissors, a webcam and stand , some stop motion software and your imagination.

On the right here George and Daisy Cullimore uses paper cut out animation for a history project for school.

How to make Paper Cut Out Animation

Wearedow has an excellent how to tutorial on paper cut out stop motion figures. She goes through every step of a quite complex character. But she makes it very easy to understand and follow. This is more suited to those used to animating and crafting. Suited to a high school or college animation student perhaps but still worth watching if you are new to the art of animation.

We have included a few more how to videos below also to give you more insight on how to go about making your own paper cut out.

This form of animation is a very easy way to get started in school also.

3D Paper cutout stop motion

I love this 3D /2D paper cutout stop motion from Suredner ladwa.  He uses a mixture of 2D and 3D cutouts to create a scene with a up beat sound track. It gives you an idea of how you can translate paper cut outs in the 3D environments with great effect.

paper cut out stop motion tutorial

paper cut out - joints & hinges

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