PuppetMaster is an intuitive animation app for kids, where you can bring to life any image, just by acting things out in front of the camera. Your voice is recorded as well. The result is your own animated video!
Take a drawing you made, a photo of one of your toys, even a person or animal – and use it as a puppet in PuppetMaster. Move and talk and the puppet will come to life and do what you do. Mix and match with existing puppets and backgrounds that come with the app, in a fun hand drawn style to go with your own artwork.
We want to make it easy for kids – and grownups for that matter – to animate anything they want.
Prop up your iPad, take a few steps back, and stand in the pose shown.
Here are some tips for best results in the app:
- Try not to stand too close to the iPad. It cans till work, but it’s better not to be super close.
- Avoid direct light in the camera, from lamps or the sun.
- Don’t be in total darkness either. We can’t see you!
- Have only one person in the frame. If your little brother is peeking into view, that might mess things up.
- Make sure the background doesn’t have movement, and even better if it’s a solid color.
- It helps to wear a short sleeved shirt in a solid color, or roll up your sleeves to give that impression.
- It’s best pull back long hair. At least try to make sure your face and especially eyes are not hidden by hair.
Anything you create can be a puppet. For best animation results, a puppet should typically be facing forward, and have a head, upper and lower body, and arms – preferably ones long enough to bend at the elbow. But you can also do all sorts of original ideas – maybe a side view of some dinosaur, where one of your arms can correspond to both its arms, and your other arm can correspond to its tail. We suggest you try the regular front-facing characters first, and once you get the hang of it, go nuts and see what else you can do. And please show us what you’ve done! You can share it on our Facebook Page. (If you’re a kid – make sure you have your parents’ permission or ask them to do it for you.)
Um… literally. ANYTHING. Anything you photograph can be a background, so have fun with it! Maybe a miniature background like a dollhouse you make in a shoe box. Or some imaginative painting you made of a faraway land. Or a photo you go and take somewhere interesting outside.
Creativity is in all of us; we just have to connect to it. And drawings don’t have to be perfect. Art is subjective, so just have fun with it. If you don’t know where to start, try looking at some things for inspiration – maybe animals that have arms – like a bear or a monkey – or characters from stories you like, like monsters and aliens. You can even try animating a toy of yours, or something silly like your clothes – lay out a shirt and pants and hat and photograph them like they are a character. This is a fun way to start, but we highly recommend trying to make your own stuff. Then you can keep the artwork as well as the animation.
Easy! After recording or playing your animated puppet show, just tap the Export button at the bottom, to the right of the Record button. To find your video, go to the Photos app > Albums and tap Camera Roll. You can then share it on the Shmonster Facebook Page or anywhere else you want. (If you’re a kid – make sure you have your parents’ permission or ask them to do it for you.)
Yes! When you create your own puppet, that is. Tap the Puppet icon at the top left of the main stage screen. Make sure your own puppet is selected, and you’ll have an Edit button on the left. Tap it, and you can change the area of the puppet body parts, and change the joints that define how the puppet bends and moves. You can save the changes, and if you already recorded a puppet show, you can simply replay it and see how it looks with the changes.