Once again a great book is: Stop Motion(Craft Skills for Model Animation)
You can definitely find it @ Amazon.com
These are some of the basic tools you will need to begin the course:
4 to 8 gig flash drive or
a small portable external hard drive(100 to 1250gigs)
Special animation clay – “Claytoons” is one brand
Bring your digital camera so we can see if it can connect with our software.
Plus, some students have made some cool stuff with cell phone cameras.
(there is a new stop-motion app for the iPhone)
Start collecting materials, objects, toys, mechanical things, etc. that might become subjects for animation:
Basic tools that were used in Three-Dimensional Design:
Drill and drill bits
Hot glue gun
Collection of materials that include wood, cardboard, and clothe.
Some of you may want to make small models that are sets for your films so materials like cardboard and foam-core are important. Remember, a lot of this material can be found in dumpsters
which are Americas great surplus stores. Get used to scrounging and you’ll have plenty of materials.