Creating Stop Motion Videos with Powerpoint

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Former Zooppa team member Arik Abel recently went to India. We couldn’t go with him, but a couple friends challenged him to do a Bollywood dance in public to M.I.A.’s Paper Planes. In front of the Maharaja Palace.

He’s a lateral thinker, so instead of one short-lived dance, he created an eternal stop-motion production. He calls it The Bollywood Bounce.


From Arik: The Making of The Bollywood Bounce

1. My photographer shot 30 photos of poses at the palace. We tried to vary the photos by being polar opposites. Like if one photo I stretched right, the other one I would stretch left.

2. I imported all of these photos and loaded “Paper Planes” into Camtasia for Mac.

3. I took key parts of the song and broke them down into 8-16 beat measures, then sequenced 4 or so photos in PowerPoint to repeat in a pattern that matched the lyrics.

4. Using 86 BPM for the song (which I found by googling it), I set up each slide in PowerPoint to advance for either 0.35 seconds (for eighth notes) or 0.69 seconds (for longer quarter notes or pauses).

5. After exporting the movie from PowerPoint and syncing it to the song in Camtasia, I copied and pasted it in other similar song segments.

6. I repeated this process over and over until the song was complete. (I did delete a whole verse and chorus from this version of the track to keep the video concise.)

See eight beats of the original stop animation in its PowerPoint format: PowerPoint Stop Motion Animation

View more presentations from Arik Abel.

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