A selection of links and information to get you started
Some of our Stage 3 students' stop motion animation films - click on each title to view:
Stop Motion Pro (download a trial version) Includes a gallery of short films.
Aardman Animation (some good video clips and 'Shaun the Sheep' games)
Brickfilms (using Lego)
Recent article - PC World (tips on using Movie Maker)
New approaches to literacy
'Shaun the Sheep', courtesy of Aardman Animation
Always been fascinated by 'Wallace and Gromit'?
Stop Motion Animation is a media that harnesses some basic IT skills with creative flair. Basically, it involves taking a photo of a scene you have created, moving the objects/characters a tiny bit - then taking a photo, moving them again, taking another photo etc. The photos are then uploaded onto a PC, then loaded onto a storyboard via editing software. Add a title, some credits, maybe some music or narration and that's it!
It can be used with Lego , clay, plasticine or a quality moulding material called 'Sculpy' ( available from art suppliers). You can also use toys such as dolls - have a look at some of the student examples on the left!
Used with a digital camera and some basic editing software, you can make your own mini movies. If you use an XP PC, the editing software "Movie Maker" is included - this is what I have used and was able to upload photos and create a movie in under an hour! Creating the scene(s) takes all the time!!
If you have a Mac computer, you can create your movie using "iMovie", and I believe this comes already loaded on the most recent Macs. I have also just read about ' iStopMotion' software produced for Macs - great for kids.
Have a look at the links on the left...they are only a guide. I was originally inspired by an article in 'The Helix' magazine (CSIRO) late in 2006, entitled " Make Your Own Movies". I think it's a fantastic avenue for kids and look forward to experimenting with our students.
Have a look at this short 'Shaun' video!shaunthesheep.com/clips/eplayer.swf">
iStopMotion is software produced by 'Boinx' for Mac
computers. Worth investigating if you are Mac based.
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