When filming a scene you often want to make sure the focus is on the action in front of the camera, not the camera itself. It is vital to filming stop motions that your camera still, or at least completely under your control. Cheap tripods are available online (such as this one which comes with a remote so you can take pictures without ever touching your phone) but making your own tripod is quick, easy, and free. Here’s how in 3 steps:

  1. Find object
  2. Cut object
  3. Fill object
  4. (Bonus step) Use your tripod!

Step 1: Find object

Find a fairly sturdy cup-like thing you can cut with scissors. Paper or plastic works best. Coffee cups, empty yogurt containers, or takeout boxes all work but you can use anything similar. I used an ice cream container.

Coffee

Step 2: Cut object

Use scissors to cut out wedges from your vessel. Pay attention to the angle at which your phone will sit when deciding how wide and deep your your wedges should be. Measure twice cut once!

Scissors and wedges

Step 3: Fill object

When you are happy with your wedges, add some weight to your tripod so it doesn’t tip over. You can use rocks, sand, or candy. The possibilities are endless! You can also use tape generously to affix your tripod to the wall or instead of weights.

Rocks

Step 4: (Bonus step) Film your video

Rest your phone in your tripod and press record. You can see my final filming setup for a claymation I created here.

There you have it! We hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial. Let us know what you think and share any videos you create by tagging us on social media @kapwingapp