Create stop motion animation

Business Sectors (Suites): Animation
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 01 Mar 2017


This Standard is about your ability to make characters move in stop motion animation. You are expected to understand the way a character should move and be able to carry this through in the shots you are responsible for. Being prepared to evaluate your work and respond positively to feedback from others is really important, to make sure that the sequences are what is required. This standard is for you if you create stop motion animation.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. determine requirements that will affect your work by analysing

    briefs, specifications, dope/bar sheets and storyboards, visual

    references and technical and production parameters

    1. follow directors instructions to plan and block through shots,

    recording real life videos to try out the performance as a reference

    when appropriate

    1. work within the capabilities and limitations of models

    2. create pop through or rehearsal movie and a series of key frames

    to structure the animation and time out each shot that are

    appropriate to the production and agree them with the director

    1. prepare for and re-animate individual shots in line with the

    directors notes

    1. develop animated characters through its movement and timing

    2. move characters on set in the style required to meet the creative,

    narrative and technical demands of the production

    1. contribute ideas that aid the creative development of characters,

    shots and the overall production

    1. make sure that animations are in sync with the soundtrack

    2. work in a safe manner in accordance with guidelines or statutory


    1. create animations in line with production demands

    2. review output with relevant people, offering suggestions to assist

    others with the production

    1. respond to feedback about the animations you create in a positive

    way, making refinements as needed

    1. remain flexible and adaptable to new directions, creative

    requirements and software developments on an ongoing basis

    1. prepare and store assets and files in line with production

    requirements to enable the next stage of production to run


Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. the creative style, overall concept and level of animation required

    for the production

    1. technical and production parameters for the project, such as the

    schedule, timelines, animation medium, frame count, field size,

    aspect ratio and format

    1. how to read and interpret the relevant sources of information for

    the production, such as the script, animatic, x-sheet or dopesheet, soundtrack

    1. any performance guidelines for the characters you are working

    on, such as how they might react and behave in different


    1. how live action reference can influence your ability to animate


    1. character development and your role in that development

    2. movement and timing

    3. the principles of anatomy and how these affect movement

    4. shot construction and composition

    5. shot breakdown and continuity

    6. how to improvise rigging and when it is appropriate for you to do


    1. the media and techniques used in stop motion animation

    2. health and safety legislation, regulations and codes of practice

    that are applicable to studio safety

    1. the need to work methodically in an organised and concentrated

    manner paying particular attention to detail

    1. the importance of maintaining data security and following your

    organisations guidelines and file structures


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Indicative Review Date

01 Mar 2020





Originating Organisation

Creative skillset

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Relevant Occupations

Arts, Media and Publishing

SOC Code



Create; Stop motion; Animation; Characters; Move; Shots; Evaluate; Feedback; Sequences