Couch Potato Stop Motion Challenge

Individuals and small teams could register for the challenge and had to animate small scenes one after the other from home, with a potato as main character. In the end, all scenes were put together to a common film.

The fun lay in the fact that each team only got to see the scene that the previous team had created and not all the scenes that were already finished. The own film sequence had to follow up on that last scene and each team had 48 hours before the own film snippet was sent to the next team.
The finished films were presented at a live premiere on YouTube and Facebook. 41 teams from 11 countries took part. This resulted in five collective films with teams from Libya, Colombia, the United Kingdom, Poland, Egypt, Italy, Germany, the USA (Hawaii), Portugal, France and Switzerland.

No previous knowledge was necessary. In four video tutorials, the basics of stop-motion technique, set construction, basics of the app, and sound were explained and publicly shared on Vimeo.

People from all over the world were able to creatively creat films together from home during the limitations of COVID 19.

The idea is based on the principle of a sequel story, as it is usually written on a foldable sheet of paper. The players write down several sentences one after the other, which become a story at the end. The fun lies in the fact that each player only gets to read the last sentence of the previous person. Moviemiento has has turne this game into a digital video version!

The challenge

Rules for all teams

In order to have a uniform film at the end, all teams were sent rules for the challenge:
1.You have 48 hours to create a sequence using stop motion technique.
2.The sequence should be min. 10 and max. 30 seconds.
3.Start with the last picture of the sequence of the previous team. That means you should REBUILT the last picture as good as possible and from there on animate your story. The rebuilding creates a creative and funny transition from one scene to the next.
4.The last image of your sequence must therefore be easy to rebuilt for the next team. (Please don`t fade into black as a last image!)
5.The starring character must be copied as identically as possible.
6.The setting in your app should be minimum 12 pictures per second. (Framerate: 12 fps)
7.Format: Landscape, 16:9.
8.Use universal symbols instead of writing, so that the film remains internationally understandable. (e.g. an ice symbol instead of the inscription “Ice Cream”)
9.If you really need to use writing, please use english language.
10.No racist, heterosexist, sexist or otherwise discriminatory representations or statements. No political statements. No representation or depiction of real persons (including yourself), e.g. in the form of photos, newspaper clippings, caricatures etc.
11.Create sounds with your mouth, things or instruments etc. Only use selfmade music.
12.Do not use real language, so the film is international understandable. 13.The participating teams are not allowed to communicate among themselves during the challenge.

Trailer

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Stop Motion Tutorial, Part 1 Basics. (Click on CC for english subtitles)

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Stop Motion Tutorial, Part 2 Setup. (Click on CC for english subtitles)

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Stop Motion Tutorial, Part 3 Apps. (Click on CC for english subtitles)

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Stop Motion Tutorial, Part 4 Sounds. (Click on CC for english subtitles)

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Couch Potato Stop Motion Challenge

YEAR, DURATION,

2020, June, August

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

Online stop motion challenge

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS:
  • Moviemiento e.V. (Deutschland)

Watch the three films of the first round:

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