Choose some props and make stop-motion animation.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
What is Stop-Motion Animation?
What Props Will You Use?
As a group, watch a few examples of stop-motion videos using different mediums. Ask members what they like about each and what differences they notice.
Stop-Motion Whiteboard Animation: The Marker Maker
Colton Plays Ball (Brickfilm made with Legos)
The Happy Gardener (clay)
After watching The Happy Gardener, ask members how many photos they think the video is composed of. You could ask every member for a guess. Yhe one who guesses the closest wins. (36 photos) Next, say: The video is 12 seconds long. How many photos are in each second? (3 photos)
For information on using stop-motion in a learning environment, read the article "Engage Elementary Students with Stop Motion" from the International Society for Technology in Education.
Take Tons of Photographs
Ready to start the show?
1.) Place your camera on a tripod pointing toward a well-lit area. If you don’t have a tripod, make your camera as stable as possible by setting it on something. Some stop motion animation videos are shot from above. If the items you’re using are paper or drawings, try to find a way to stabilize your camera or mobile device so that it sits directly above the items you want to animate.
2.) Set up your props. Take a photo.
3.) Move your props a TINY bit in the direction you want them to go. Take another photo.
4.) Continue making tiny adjustments and taking photos until your props have “acted out” the entire story (like in the images below). The idea is to move bit by bit toward the final goal. You’re going to end up with a ton of photos. Take your time. Moving too quickly or shaking the camera are two of the most common mistakes in stop-motion animation.
Show students the series of photographs to the left. When they are played one after the other, they become the movie "The Happy Gardener."
Talk through the checklist, in the section to the left, with members. Or give them a copy of the checklist and let them work through things on their own.
Produce Your Movie
Share Your Movie
When you’ve completed your movie, you’ll need to export it so that you can share it.
To share your video with friends over email, social media or the My.Future platform, you might want to upload your movie to Vimeo. Learn how to upload a movie to Vimeo here.
Share your finished movie and ask for ideas for future stop-motion movies. Don’t stop here. Keep creating.
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