Open Media Project Proposal Ryan Brickl WHAT? For my open media project I will be creating a stop motion video. A stop motion video is a bunch of pictures placed back to back creating an entire movie clip, much like a flipbook. The location of this stop motion video will be based throughout the campus. The potential audience could be perspective students, current students, alumni, or even just someone like myself that is fascinated with stop motion videos. I have chosen to do a stop motion video of our campus because I love to watch clips on YouTube of people that have created their own stop motion and think that it will show people the campus in a different way. I am planning on putting this movie on YouTube when completed because I have seen what my grandfather has created and am very interested. I chose this medium because video is by far more advanced then the traditional flipbook and I believe also much more interesting. I have watched these movies many times and believe that I can definitely do this although I am unsure of the time but am planning on contacting people on YouTube that have superb stop motion videos to get more information. HOW? To complete this project I will need a video camera and Stop Motion Pro (a software program which many of the stop motion videos on YouTube use, from what I have heard). I may be able to use iMovie to create this as well, but haven't looked into it yet. I will be checking to see if our university has access to Stop Motion Pro, but if they don't I will make sure that iMovie has the capability of doing this project. I know that there are a couple of good tutorials of how to use Stop Motion Pro on YouTube that I have already watched and the program does not seem too difficult to handle. I have yet to estimate the time, but I'm sure it depends on the amount of content I will be having in this movie. I place a maximum of two weekend days on this project if I am completely driven and have no other things on my platter (one for shooting and one for editing). WHERE? I plan on circulating my video through YouTube as it has been one of my goals for this class in general. I sit on my computer usually for about an hour every Sunday watching random videos and want to contribute to this culture. QUESTIONS? 1. Does our university have Stop Motion Pro available for students? A lab may have it, so check on all the labs. But instruction isn't offered by STS, so it may not be available. 2. If they don't, does iMovie have the capability? Good question. I don't know what it takes to take video footage and render it as stop motion. Of course, you could go old school and use a digital camera to take still shots and then cut them together. You could also do the editing (if using still images in Flash; let me know if you are interested. I have some tutorials in my office somewhere.) These questions will have to be addressed ASAP so that I know if this project will be feasible. I'm looking forward to seeing you stop motion; it sounds like a lot of fun. Have you decided on a story for it yet?