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My 12yr Old Daughter Spent Weeks Making This Stop Motion Animation

Using a phone strapped to a cut up cat food box & sticky-taped to a tripod, Emma (aged 12) spent over 7 weeks moving around cut up paper, cardboard boxes, sheets, towels and pillow stuffing featuring all 21 books in her favourite book series.

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How it was made:

* the studio was the lounge room, lit by ceiling lights

* backgrounds were all bed sheets and pillow cases

* the pyramids were made out of plastic garbage bags

* the clouds pillow stuffing

* books covers were printed and taped to other books she had available

* vines were cut and knotted from scrap felt/material

* water bubbles from plastic cling wrap

* packing tape on the floorboards marked where the tripod was and what the camera could see

1. Extras - Making of: Emma lining up the stars

* Emma spent about 1-2 hours animating each of the scenes, another few hours editing the frames, adding the music and effects, storyboards, making the props and printing/cutting out the characters and scenes.* Emma didn't spend much time cleaning up the mess left behind, that was Mum and Dad's input.
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* Emma spent about 1-2 hours animating each of the scenes, another few hours editing the frames, adding the music and effects, storyboards, making the props and printing/cutting out the characters and scenes.

* Emma didn't spend much time cleaning up the mess left behind, that was Mum and Dad's input.

2. Extras - Making of: Emma animating the clouds over Paris

* Emma meticulously moving pillow stuffing over her hand drawn Eiffel Tower and cityscape hoping they'll pass as clouds.
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* Emma meticulously moving pillow stuffing over her hand drawn Eiffel Tower and cityscape hoping they'll pass as clouds.

3. Scene #1: Afraid of the Dark

* Book #3 (In the Dark) is flown in by bats.* Book #17 (Spooked!) follows, with the stars forming the words "SHINE", the name of the spy agency the main character is part of.
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* Book #3 (In the Dark) is flown in by bats.

* Book #17 (Spooked!) follows, with the stars forming the words "SHINE", the name of the spy agency the main character is part of.

4. Scene #2: Out of this World!

* Book #9 (Out of This World) blasts into space.
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* Book #9 (Out of This World) blasts into space.

5. Scene #3: Egypt

* Book #10 (Pyramid Puzzle) against the pyramids of Egypt (made out of yellow plastic garbage bags, the shadow made with a black garbage bag behind the opaque yellow one).
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* Book #10 (Pyramid Puzzle) against the pyramids of Egypt (made out of yellow plastic garbage bags, the shadow made with a black garbage bag behind the opaque yellow one).

6. Scene #4: Safari

* Book #15 (Big Brother) rides on the back of a horse past some Outback Australian wattles.* Book #12 (Secret Safari) rides on the back of a safari jeep through Kenya, Africa.
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* Book #15 (Big Brother) rides on the back of a horse past some Outback Australian wattles.

* Book #12 (Secret Safari) rides on the back of a safari jeep through Kenya, Africa.

7. Scene #5: Jungle Explorer

* Book #2 (Jump Start) swings past on a vine in the Amazon Rainforest
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* Book #2 (Jump Start) swings past on a vine in the Amazon Rainforest

8. Scene #6: Paris

* Book #13 (Fashion Fraud) rides a bike past the Eiffel Tower in through Paris, France.
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* Book #13 (Fashion Fraud) rides a bike past the Eiffel Tower in through Paris, France.

9. Scene #7: Europe & Japan

* Book #14 (Komono Code) fills the scene with falling cherry blossoms in Japan.* Book #18 (Ciao EJ!) floats by on a Gondola through Venice, Italy.
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* Book #14 (Komono Code) fills the scene with falling cherry blossoms in Japan.

* Book #18 (Ciao EJ!) floats by on a Gondola through Venice, Italy.

10. Scene #8: Water

* Book #16 (Time to Shine) bobbles along the water reaching a warf.* Book #7 (Making Waves) snorkels in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia leaving bubbles behind it.
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* Book #16 (Time to Shine) bobbles along the water reaching a warf.

* Book #7 (Making Waves) snorkels in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia leaving bubbles behind it.

11. Scene #9: Snow

* Book #20 (True Light) appears asthe water bubbles pop turning into snow flakes.* Book #1 (Hot & Cold) slides down the snowflake mountain on asnowboard.
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* Book #20 (True Light) appears asthe water bubbles pop turning into snow flakes.

* Book #1 (Hot & Cold) slides down the snowflake mountain on asnowboard.

12. Scene #10: Music

* Book #19 (False Note) plays the violin on stage as the curtains draw.* Book # 4 (Rocky Road) plays a riff on an electric guitar.
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* Book #19 (False Note) plays the violin on stage as the curtains draw.

* Book # 4 (Rocky Road) plays a riff on an electric guitar.

13. Scene #11: Soccer

Book #6 (On the Ball) runs in and kicks a soccer ball that was produced by the spinning music from the previous scene.
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Book #6 (On the Ball) runs in and kicks a soccer ball that was produced by the spinning music from the previous scene.

14. Scene #12: That's a Wrap! (multiple puns intended!)

* Book #8 (Drama Queen) ends the scene as director, calling "That's a Wrap!" as the scene wraps up.* Book #11 (Christmas Countdown) continues to wrap the scene into a present.* Book #5 (Choc Shock) has a chocolate cake.* Book #21 (EJ Shines!) sets off fireworks celebrating EJ's birthday and the completion of the film.
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* Book #8 (Drama Queen) ends the scene as director, calling "That's a Wrap!" as the scene wraps up.

* Book #11 (Christmas Countdown) continues to wrap the scene into a present.

* Book #5 (Choc Shock) has a chocolate cake.

* Book #21 (EJ Shines!) sets off fireworks celebrating EJ's birthday and the completion of the film.

15. End Scene: All the Books

* All the books make a return appearance for an epic dance finale.
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* All the books make a return appearance for an epic dance finale.

16. All the books spell out the name of the series

* All 21 books in the entire book series finish their finale lined up to spell out the name of the series: EJ12 Girl Hero.
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* All 21 books in the entire book series finish their finale lined up to spell out the name of the series: EJ12 Girl Hero.

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