dynamic paper cutouts

About Me

I'm Tortor, a stop motion animator from London. I've worked on a stop motion feature film in 2011, spent several years working in TV and have animated for many high profile brands and clients including Sony Pictures, Public Health England and HP phones

 

Further to this I have a strong passion for teaching and sharing my knowledge, which I have been doing online for the last two years - both on YouTube and Skillshare

Who Is This Course For?

This course is for people of all abilities, although I believe that having previous stop motion experience is a huge benefit, especially if wanting to achieve more complex ideas. There will be something for everyone and the skills learned can be applied in so many different ways. Once you have mastered the process and the steps required you can literally take things whichever way your imagination wants to go. 

What Will You Learn?

I will be teaching a dynamic paper cutout process (using a Cricut machine) at varying levels of complexity, from a single colour silhouette style to a four-layered cutout character. You will learn the whole process from how to choose the right reference footage to final delivery for upload online and everything in-between. This course is detailed and comprehensive - it is jam packed full of value, over four (actually over five) hours of content + useful notes + top tips + additional mentorship if you want. 

 

What Will You Need?

  • A Cricut Explore Air (or similar cutting machine)

  • Dragonframe software (or equivalent) + a compatible camera. So long as your software has onion skinning and a line-up layer capability you are all good and can apply the teaching.

  • Adobe Creative Suite (specifically Photoshop) or equivalent image editing software

  • After Effects and Premiere Pro are optional extras - if you don't have them you will still be able to take this course.

  • Some reference footage 

  • Some coloured card and (or) paper

  • Time, patience and good organisational skills

How Are Lessons Arranged?

This course is broken down into easily digestible lesson chunks, 10 of them, some comprising of multiple videos as well as written notes. Together the lessons will take you through the complete process of creating dynamic paper cutout stop motion animation as well as some bonus lessons to bring you even more value. 

What Are You Paying For?

Purchasing this course will grant you access to full lesson content, on my website. You will be guided to create a login and upon signing in will get access to the course pages which you can work your way through at your own pace. You will also be invited to join a private Facebook group - a place to share your work and interact with me and other students. If that wasn’t enough already you can also choose to purchase the course with mentorship too. This option will grant you a 1-on-1 video call with me to share your work, pick my brains or just chat… whatever you need.

 

You can also book these mentorship sessions at a later date if you have decided not to purchase them with the course. There is a booking form available on my website where you can choose a time slot that works for you. 

 

What Will You Be Able To Do After Taking This Course?

Upon completing this course you will be able to create any paper cutout animation you can think up that you want to animate in a 3-dimensional space. All teaching in this course will be relying on reference footage too so no drawn animation skills are required, other than being able to rotoscope (essentially trace over footage). For any hand drawn animators out there though, that want to translate their own unique drawings into paper form in a 3-dimensional world, this method is perfect for you too.

 

If you have purchased, paid for, and are logged in to the site this button below will take you to the course. You should also have received an email with a link to the course pages too, as well as information on how to access the Private Facebook Group and course notes. 

FAQs

Why five years access?

The five years is my guarantee to you that this website and access to the course will be maintained... Essentially you have lifetime access, I can alter, and extend, your access (free of charge) so please do not be worried about this. 

Is this a one-time payment?

Yes! The amount quoted above is all that you pay. You can buy mentorship additionally at any point... but the course price is a simple one-time payment. 

What if I don't have Dragonframe?

So long as your stop motion software enables onion skinning and also has the ability to bring in reference footage as a line-up layer you will be able to follow along. These two features really do help when lining things up accurately.

What if I don't have After Effects?

The lesson on After Effects, and using the Roto Brush 2 is an alternative method for rotoscoping, it is not essential to the process... but it is there for people who want to see another rotoscoping option. You DO NOT need After Effects to take this course successfully. 

 

What if I don't have Photoshop?

Alternative image editing softwares should be just as good. The only crucial part to this is the ability to bring in reference footage on a timeline feature (Photoshop has this)... you may want to investigate whether your alternative software does too. Hopefully a quick Google search can sort that out. 

What if I don't have a Cricut?

Other cutting machines will work too... obviously my course talks specifically about the Cricut workflow... but you can apply my method of image creation to a different brand of cutting machine like the Silhouette. 

If you have any additional questions please email tortor@animatortor.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 

 

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