Have you ever wanted to make your own animated movie? Let’s celebrate World Kindness Day on Nov. 13 by making a stop-motion animation about being kind this week!

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.

Goals

  • 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)

Materials

  • Kindles
  • Stickbots or position-able characters or clay to make characters
  • Print one of the two worksheets for storyboarding a story
  • Lined paper
  • Pencils

Pre- Lesson

  • 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?)
      • setting (can they include detail?)
      • a basic story board (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!

Once groups complete their videos, help them upload to Google Drive, to the appropriate folder (called Stop Motion and Green Screen Videos and Photos and then into the folder for their Club).

Today you will make your very first video! Remember this is just to try it – it can be about anything and it doesn’t matter what it is.

    • In groups of 2 or 3, take your kindle and open STOP MOTION STUDIO
    • Just like in the video, use your stickbots/characters/or clay figures /or you can pose yourself! to make a video
    • When you are done, rename your video with the group members’ names and a “1” after it for their first project
    • If you get done early, you can always make a second video

What kind of movie will you make?

Today we will decide what our final story will be for our movie. – Remember your video is to use for World Kindness day! How will you tell a story about kindness?

  • Use the sheet your club mentor gave you to help you create your story.
  • Who are the characters in the story? Can you draw them?
  • Where does the story take place? can you add a lot of detail?
  • What is the big problem in your story?
  • Who fixes the problem? How do they fix the problem?
  • What happens once the problem is fixed?

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!

Today we will make our own video about kindness – check out this video  Operation Ice Cream!