Handbooks

The Original Stop Motion Handbook 
contributors: Mike Brent, Eric Scott, Lionel Ivan Orozco, Marc Spess, Anthony Scott, Mary Murphy, Jason Spyda Adams, Richard Svensson, Don Carlson, and Peter Montgomery

Also known as the Newbie Guide, this is good place to start if you have a bazillion questions about how to get moving on your Stop Motion Project. This Handbook has been around for a few years and is in the process of gradually being updated.

The Stop Motion Animator's Handbook
written by Anthony Scott

A collection of animation lessons and tips beginning with the basic fundamentals of Stop Motion Animation, extending into more advanced techniques. This Handbook is currently a work in progress.

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