This week we will learn about stop motion animation, but we will also learn a bit about storytelling. We will hopefully produce and upload our videos to show off for World Kindness day. Some of the more popular films made with Stop Motion Animation are Coraline, Kobu and the Two Strings, and Wallace and Gromit movies.
Understand how stop motion animation works
Demonstrate an ability to make a stop motion video
Understand that a story has a beginning, middle, and an end
Demonstrate an ability to lay out a basic story line (at an age appropriate level)
Kindles with Stop Motion Studio installed
Stickbots or position-able characters or clay to make characters
Print one of the two worksheets for storyboarding a story
Stop motion animation is using pictures to create a movie – much like a flip book. The pictures, changing a bit each time, create the illusion of movement.
While we have included a video of how to use “Stop Motion Studio” to help teach your students, it would be good for you to take 5 minutes and play around with it, or make a quick video, so you feel comfortable.
On the first day of your lesson students will just get to know the technology through open ended play and creation – there will be no goal other than to make their own short video
Day 2: we should introduce the concept of story and what their guiding question for their story is
Have students begin to brainstorm ideas and then come up with:
Characters (can they draw them and make them out of clay?)
setting (can they include detail?)
a basic storyboard (use printed sheet)
Day 3: students should being developing a script – who says what? Why do they say those things? They may also need to refine their storyboard as they develop a script
Day 4/5: Production day – students should work together to set up the scenes how they created them in their storyboard and add voice
Don’t forget to add your videos to the appropriate folder for the club!
Today you will write your script and begin shooting your video – Don’t worry, you have tomorrow to shoot your video as well. You don’t have to rush!
Look at how long it took to make other stop motion animation videos from the beginning video. Take your time, and figure out what story you want to tell. Then use the technology to help tell your story!
What will your characters say?
What kind of emotions will your characters have?
Don’t worry about spelling! If you need help writing ask one of your adults!