How To Animate A Cubebot

I’m currently taking the free online course Explore Animation on the online learning platform, Future Learn.

Developed by the internationally acclaimed National Film and Television School (NFTS) and Creative Skillset, the course is spread across four weeks.

Week 1: Stop motion or stop frame animation.

Week 2: 2D or cel animation.

Week 3: Big-scale animation in the real world.

Week 4: CGI or 3D computer animation.

For the second task in Week 1, we were asked to make a stop motion animation. The video above is the one I made.

Here are the tips NFTS gave us to make the animation.

Material Needed:

  • smartphone, tablet or computer
  • animation app or software (If you’re using your phone or tablet, you can download Clayframes for an Android device, and Animate It! for an Apple device.)
  • desk lamp
  • objects for animation
  • modelling clay (optional)


Set up your smart phone, tablet or camera in a clear space where you are not going to get disturbed. If you can find somewhere without natural light then you will be able to have more control over setting. Make sure you have space to move around. Choose the objects you are going to animate and start animating. At first try to get some smooth motion. To accelerate the action, start with small movements and gradually increase the movement between each shot. To decelerate, gradually decrease the movements.

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  1. May 4, 2016

    […] so, Cubebot stayed in the drawer until January 2016, when I took them out for an animated video I made for an animation course I was taking. And we’ve stayed close ever since, perhaps all […]

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