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Looking to add a splash of creativity and life to your product photography assets? Thinking it’s time to book a stop motion animation session? Well, you’ve landed at the right spot! I’m Tom Crowl, a freelance creative photographer, here to jazz up your world with dynamic, engaging stop motion animations that tell the story of your product.


“Who is Tom Crowl?”


I am more than just a man with a camera. I’m your one-stop shop for creativity, attention to detail, and – here’s the fun part – a dash of spontaneity!

For me, it all started with the old Rankin & Bass Christmas television specials like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “Year Without A Santa Claus.”  They held me spell bound as I watched the characters animate and entertain.

These classic stop motion animations sparked an interest that I get to play with to create memorable clips for my clients today!

How Does Stop Motion Fit In With Product Photography?


Stop motion animation is a sequence of 24 frames per second. Each frame shot one at a time. Who better to bring your product to life than a product photographer who understands lighting, composition and how to direct the eye?

In the world of photography, many big firms will treat you like just another client.  As a solo studio, I can offer you a completely personalized experience. You’re not talking to a front desk, you’re talking directly to me – the man who’ll be bringing your vision to life.

And the upside to being a one-man show? Fast turnaround and top-notch quality. Who could ask for more?

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So, what about this stop motion animation thing?  Good question!


Stop motion animation is a type of magic. It brings static objects to life, telling stories that engage and captivate. But let me tell you, it’s more than just moving objects around. It’s a symphony of careful planning, a keen eye for detail, and hours of patience.

Think it’s worth it? Wait until you see the final result!


Before Your Animation Session Begins


Every animation session begins with understanding your budget. We’re not talking about a fixed-price menu here – this is a full à la carte service tailored to your needs. Fancy a simple animation clip or aiming for a more complex spectacle? I’ve got you covered.

Once we settle on the budget, it’s time for brainstorming! I’ll throw some ideas your way, you volley back, and we refine the concept together. You know, like a creative game of ping-pong.

Have a small budget? We can create one stop motion that makes the most of it, or two simple concept stop motion animations to generate more content for you.

Have a larger budget? You have a ton of options, a single complex clip that is next level, to multiple clips of differing complexities to get the most from your investment.


The Fun Begins …


Now is where the real fun begins. Using state of the art Dragon Frame animation software, I meticulously capture each frame. The software allows me to ensure a smooth transition from one image to the next. It’s like directing a tiny, miniature movie!

And you know what’s the best part? Those serendipitous moments when a new idea springs to life right in the middle of the shoot. Those are the little miracles that make every project unique.

I once had a project where the client wanted to change the background after the shoot. I can tell you, painstakingly altering the background of hundreds of frames was quite a challenge. But hey, what’s a little Photoshop challenge for the cause of creativity, right?

The result? A client who was over the moon, and a lesson well-learned for me. Win-win, wouldn’t you say?


Creating Animation One Frame At A Time


After the shoot, comes the final act – editing. Each frame is carefully retouched, ensuring a flawless, flicker-free animation. And here’s the kicker, you get to choose your output – mp4 videos, GIFs or both! After all, it’s your show.

So, why book a stop motion animation session with me?

It’s simple: You get a dedicated, passionate photographer who’s all about attention to detail, fast turnaround times, and personal connection. And if that doesn’t convince you, well, you might be missing out on some serious fun!

Ready to make your products come alive? Let’s get started. Just fill out the form below. Your adventure awaits!

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