Hiring 3 Stop Motion Ad Creators to TestLike many Fiverr freelancers, the stop motion ad creators I hired all offered multi-tiered packages. The cheapest gigs usually offered shorter videos, while the most expensive artists tended to include a longer running time and additional revisions. Most creators also offered to include models or specific products for an extra fee. I opted to keep the comparison straightforward and asked three creators to complete the same project using paper, digital drawings, and other standard stop motion props. I hired an inexpensive ($25), midrange ($50), and high-priced ($175) creator) to make a stop motion ad promoting a farmers market. When comparing freelancers, one of the first things I look for is Fiverr credentials indicating that the seller has extensive experience and good customer service. I was glad to see that FajarFiver (also known simply as Fajar) had Level Two Seller status, a credential that indicates the freelancer has delivered at least 50 orders and maintained a great rating. Fajar also had a five-star rating, which made my choice easy. I purchased his basic ($25) gig, with a deliverable of a 10-second stop motion video with background music. It included unlimited revisions and a three-day deadline, which added even more value to an already great deal. I never expect a seller who’s so affordable to offer unlimited revisions – that’s generous. Next, Bizarros’s (also know as Ivan) Level One Seller credential caught my eye. This status is a step below Fiverr’s Level Two Seller credential, but it still reflects solid work and happy customers over at least a 60-day period. Ivan also had nearly 200 customer reviews, a five-star rating, and tons of work samples that showed his skill and creativity. I bought his mid-level ($50) gig for a 30-second stop motion ad. It included one revision and a six-day turnaround, which I thought was a fair output for the cost – notice the single revision though. Like the mid-level creator, JonasMohamadi boasted Fiverr’s Level One Seller status and a five-star rating. His profile detailed 20 years of filmmaking experience, professional awards, and the high-profile brands he’d worked with so I had high expectations. Jonas’s portfolio showcased several examples of his original style, which incorporated handmade and digital stop motion. I booked his premium ($175) gig, which included up to 30 seconds of running time and one revision. Since the cost was significantly higher than the other two, I was curious whether the self-described “full professional HD studio stop motion” would be worth the price. One revision is also pretty unusual for such an investment, especially when our cheapest seller offered me unlimited revision for just $25.
My Experience Working With These Fiverr FreelancersTo this digital marketer, creating stop motion videos looks incredibly challenging and labor-intensive. I anticipated quite a bit of back-and-forth and maybe even some requests for draft approvals partway through the process. However, I was surprised to find that all three freelancers were remarkably self-sufficient and handled the creative process flawlessly. Here’s what happened with each one:
- The Cheapest Freelancer – FajarFiver: Fajar’s requirements included providing text and pictures for the video and outlining any props or color schemes I wanted to feature so there was a little more required of me than Ivan/Bizarros needed. He also asked me to confirm the aspect ratio, and I requested a 1:1 video.
- The Midrange Seller – Bizarros: Ivan asked for my video concept and a description of the characters. I sent him the same simple script I wrote for the cheaper gig. The next day, he followed up to ask for more details about the setting. Should it look like an outdoor market or an enclosed indoor shop? Then he asked if I’d like him to add music. I requested something “happy” and left it up to his creative interpretation.
- The Expensive Creator – JonasMohamadi: Jonas had a longer list of up-front requirements that went beyond the standard video concept questions. He also asked me to describe the audience and choose a style for the video which was fine, however for a larger investment, I would have expected some more direction and guidance from him. For reference, I added screenshots of a few of my favorite examples from his portfolio.
Comparing the Final Results
Because of the wide range of prices, I couldn’t wait to see how these projects turned out. While all of the creators did a decent job and delivered their work on time, one of the videos easily stood out as the best value.
The $25 Stop Motion Ad
The $25 stop motion ad is simple yet effective
My first impression of Fajar’s stop motion ad was that it checks all the boxes nicely. It includes the photo and script I provided, along with some digital props that add some visual appeal. Although it’s a pretty simple concept, the creator made my message crystal clear in just 10 seconds and it’s exactly what I was expecting from a stop motion ad.
The $50 Stop Motion Ad
The $50 stop motion ad showcases Bizarros’s creativity and skill
Compared to the cheaper stop motion ad, Ivan’s stop motion ad is substantially more complex. It features an entire handcrafted scene and more than a half-dozen handmade characters. The whole thing beautifully conveys what the market is all about. In addition to spelling out the message, this video tells a story that draws you in and makes you want to visit.
The $175 Stop Motion Ad
The $175 stop motion ad combines handmade and digital approaches
Jonas’s video neatly ties together the classic handmade stop motion look and the digital style I’d seen in his portfolio. While I liked the narrative during the first half of the video, I thought the second half was less exciting – especially since it features text only.
The VerdictIt’s easy to see that you can get great stop motion video work, even on a small budget. The cheapest creator I hired did a nice job of presenting my message in just 10 seconds and I would happily use this if I needed a succinct video in a quick turnaround. If you can afford to spend a little more, however, you can get a lot more for your money. Bizarros’/Ivan’s $50 stop motion ad was by far my favorite, and it provided the best value – let’s be honest, $50 for a polished video is still very cheap. And for twice the price of the cheapest option, I received a video that was three times as long and incorporated much more creativity and skill.
Hiring a Freelancer for Stop Motion Ads on FiverrHiring a skilled stop motion ad creator on Fiverr is a great idea for many reasons, not least because it’s a super easy platform to use. In fact, when we tested it out for our Fiverr review it scored 4.9 out of 5 for its range of features, ease of use, support, and pricing. To cut a long story short, this is why I always choose to hire freelancers on Fiverr:
- Pricing for any budget: Whether you plan to spend $25 or $175 – or any amount in between – you can find a Fiverr gig that fits your budget. Some even start as low as $5 or exceed $1,000, so there’s truly something for everyone’s price range.
- Customized packages: Most Fiverr freelancers offer at least a few different gigs so you can find one that has the deliverables and price you want. If you need something more specific, however, you can always ask the seller you want to hire. Most have optional add-ons or can send customized offers.
- Experienced freelancers: Many of the most expensive stop motion gigs are listed by Verified Pros, who are sellers that Fiverr individually vets. Although Fiverr doesn’t vet Level One or Level Two Sellers, their track records and professional experience speak for themselves. Just check the freelancers profile to see their status and customer reviews.