Students in the 7th grade take their photography skills to the next level by developing Stop Motion animations.
This Is How I Do It
I will investigate video editing and stop motion in order to design and create a 6 second Stop Motion Vine.
- frame: one single picture in the series that composes the complete moving picture
- frames per second: the number of images per second; the more images your have, the smoother the animation
- storyboard: a graphic organizer in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence (Wikipedia)
As a class, we watch the short Stop Motion Animation tutorials below.
I ask questions to check for students' understanding on the major points made in each movie.
1. Storyboard It
2. Time It
3. Shoot It
4. Finalize It
Challenge #1: Vine Design
We read and discussed the following articles on Khoa Phan as a source of inspiration:
- Behind Khoa Phan's incredible stop-motion Vine videos
- Meet Vine's Most Creative Stop-Motion Animator
- New resource: Animation Chefs
The students then began brainstorming ideas for their stop motion animation challenge for that week.
*Many kids were able to start the story boarding process in class.
Homework: Students are asked to...
1. Download Stop Motion Studio (FREE app) onto their iPad/ iPhone.
2. Review the Stop Motion Tutorials watched in class.
3. Go through the four steps to create a 6 second Stop Motion Vine using materials they have around their house.
- storyboard it
- time it
- shoot it
- finalize it
Student Spotlight: Valéria 7A
Samples of Student Work
What About You?
Please comment and provide your feedback below to share ways you have taught your students about stop motion animations. I would love to see samples of your students' work!