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Motion & 

Introducing the iPool

A one week stop motion animation practice


Computer | Human Actor | Camera


InDesign | Dragon Frame


Together:  theme design, story development, reference research, storyboard, stage setup, equipment preparation, filming plus the design of all the jokes in this video.

Tianyi Xie: 

  • visual design for the desktop, icons 

  • movement visualization (based on the reference)

  • movement stimulation 

  • casting “hand assistant” (for 1 sec) ​

Billy Bennett:

  • movement reference research 

  • casting “Jobs & his hand’” (he has to bend down and stay still for the entire afternoon. )

  • Sound Effect

Chenhe Zhang (Nick) :

  • contribute the idea (Each of us came up with our own idea before the first meeting, but all decided to use Nick’s idea because it’s fun and clever) 

  • camera control (Dragonframe)

  • video editing 




Tuesday morning: idea Brainstorming_1hr, 

Tuesday Night: Information Gathering_2hrs,  

Wed noon:  Concept Refinement_30min, filming the opening _ 2 hrs,


Thursday: Independent preparation before shooting, motion breakdown(Billy & Nick), Visual Design (Tianyi)


Friday: Filming the stop motion parts– 

9-12 prepare the stage,  12-2 testing & lunch break, 2-7:40 filming. 

Fri-Sat: Editing (Nick), Retouch(Tianyi)

Sat-Sun: Sound Effect (Billy). 

Story​board & Motion​ Guideline
Stage Setup

We rent the documentation area to control the lighting and stage set up. It took us a very long time to get things ready. 


After the first round of test shot, we had to start over our table setup – the table reflection was too distracting, our solution was to add a black table cloth to reduce the reflection.  We also tested much light setting to minimize reflection on the screen. 

We connected an extra screen to the laptop, used a mouse and a keyboard on the mirrored screen to control the laptop with "iPool". Another laptop (with Dragon Frame) was used to control the camera.


We made icons with both select & unselect options. Instead of using the actual desktop, we designed a fake desktop using InDesign.  

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We tested different background for the best result. Later our team has decided to use the simple pool like green for a more clear visual. 

We used a video we found on the internet as a reference to create the motion flow.

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