Category Archives: Software and Apps

Chore Thor – Stop Motion Parody Animation

So much for using the right tool for the job! In this short, stop motion parody video, Thor attempts to help Belle with some home improvements.  It was shot using an iPhone 5 and iStopMotion 3.6.

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A Proper Minecraft Tribute for The Cardboard Keep

MinecraftIn case you haven’t already heard, the Cardboard Keep met its fate this Halloween as its cardboard ramparts were razed and repurposed for an impromptu Dalek costume. Our epic cardboard battles had been put to an end. Though as fate would have it, our favorite castle wouldn’t be gone for long. My daughter and I had set out to tackle our very first Minecraft project, and while trying to decide what to create, she had the brilliant idea of building the Cardboard Keep. The walls are obviously no longer made of cardboard, but we decided to keep the name nonetheless. It took a few days and a whole lot of teamwork just to learn the ropes, but bit by bit, we got the job done. Oh, but we’re not actually finished. In fact, we’ve only just begun. The Cardboard Keep is just the centerpiece of our plans to create an ever-expanding world that we’re calling The Cardboard Realm. The name may not make any sense in the world of Minecraft, but it makes this father and daughter duo happy.

Castle, front view

Just picked up iStopMotion for Mac!

I ‘ve been casually on the lookout for stop motion software to play around with for some time now. I was in no hurry, however, when I came across iStopMotion in the Apple App Store on sale for $19.99 I immediately snatched it up. The sale ends tomorrow, and the normal price is $49.99! If you or anyone you know is in the market for stop motion or time-lapse software for Mac, check it out  now while you can get it at a discount! Apparently there is a free companion app that allows you to use your iPhone as a remote camera over your wi-fi network.

As the kids grow up, this should be a great source of family project fun. Of course, I’ll have to thoroughly test it out first. Fortunately, I’ve had some interesting ideas for stop motion movies in mind for the longest time. Now I can finally dig in.  This would solve my problem of not having a HD webcam. I’m pretty excited to try all of this out. Check back soon to see how my home-brewed stop motion movies turn out!

Here’s a sneak peek on set of my first movie:

Who's desk can this be?

Who’s desk can this be?