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stop motion

noun, Movies.
Also called stop-action photography, stop-motion cinematography. a special effect, carried out while shooting, in which the performers stop their motion and the camera is stopped while an object or performer is added to or removed from the scene, with camera movement and action then resumed for the remainder of the scene: used to create an illusion of sudden appearance or disappearance of persons or objects.
freeze frame (def 1).
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stop-motion, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • These effects included stop motion, dissolves, and multiple exposures.
  • Be also entertained by whimsical stop motion animation films where a series of still photographs make objects come to life.

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