our progress as of Mar. 16
We watched a full TED talk presented as animation. We created our own visualizations to represent ideas in our readings. Over the next two weeks and a half we are finally going to create our own animations–stop animations!
What is stop animation? Stop animation, simply put, is just an animation technique. You move the objects and take pictures of each move and then you edit all the pictures by using some software.
Before you start working on your story and script, you should have already watched a few examples, such as this music video (I know this is made by professionals. We are not expected to be that good. But who knows!)
Here are some examples created by previous students: Water Cycle | Food Chain
You can read more about stop animation here.
Step 1. Find good partners–creative, responsible, similar schedule, easy to meet with…
Step 2. Choose a topic. Come up with an idea for your video (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard or Common Core State Standard). The best topics are ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc.
!!! By only watching your video, students should be able to learn the subject. So make sure you have clear target learners and clear learning goals; You will need to describe these when you submit your project.
Step 3. Brainstorm and create a storyboard for your video.
Step 4. Decide what props and equipment your group will need. Work on building props.
Step 5. Take pictures of your props. You can check out a tripod in OIT, Aderhold 232. In case you want to use your phone, you need a tripod and connecting cords so that you can download your pictures to a computer.
Step 6. You can use mini iPads and stop animation app. If you did so you can move on Step 7
If you used your own camera and want to use iMovie (you should have it on your own laptop), you should import the pictures to iMovie. To see how to use iMovie, click here.
Step 7. Edit and animate your pictures. Add narration and music if necessary.
Step 8. Once you’ve finished your videos – “share” them to our class YouTube account. The login information will be announced in class.
Step 9. Share the YouTube link with your group.
Step 10. Each group member should add their stop animation to their portfolio page.
Step 11. On the page, embed your stop animation video and write a short description about the video and the project in general (check the rubric!!!).
Things to check
- What content is your video teaching? Is it clear to the viewer? How can you make it more clear?
- Does your video tell a story? Are you sure? Who is the main character? What is the plot?
- Detailed Rubric.
Day 1 (Wed, March 16) – Group formation (3-4), select one topic and research
Day 2 (Fri, March 18) – Start working on your storyboard
Day 3 (Mon, March 21) – Submit detailed storyboard (scripts for voice-over, order of content), start developing props resources for props.
Day 4 (Wed, March 23) – Develop props, take pictures
Day 5 (Fri, March 25) – Finalize taking pictures, begin filming
Day 6 (Mon, March 28) – Finalize filming and publish to YouTube
Day 7 (Wed, March 30) – Sharing and discussion
- How long should this stop animation be?
- It should be about 1-2 minutes. A few students created longer animation before, but I don’t expect you to make long animations.
- How many pictures do we need?
- You might need 100, or maybe 200 pictures. One group set up a record for about 1400 pictures. You should take more pictures than you need! The more images you have, the smoother your movie will be!
- Do I really need a tripod?
- Most groups regret that they didn’t use the tripod after they completed the project. They got a lot of blurred images. Some of them even needed to retake the footage.
- Do I really need background music?
- Not necessarily. It’s up to you. But you have to have a voice-over! You should narrate the events and the information you organized in your script.
Day 1 tasks
We’ll worry about the tools we’re using to make the videos later. For now you just need to:
- Gather a group of 3 or 4 classmates.
- Choose a topic that matches either a Georgia Performance Standard or a Common Core State Standard. Once you have decided your topic, post it on Padlet (10:10 section or 11:15 section).
- Brainstorm some ideas for your video. What will you show?
- Plan your story.
- Think about what props and equipment you’ll need.
- If you still have time: Start creating your storyboard.
During our next class, you’ll have the entire class to finish up your script so before that do some background knowledge research for your topic and then brainstorm some ideas!
Preparing for Friday
- Tell me who your group members are through email (email@example.com).
- Your 3rd Genius Hour post is due today (Wednesday, Mar. 16) at 11:59 pm.
- Keep thinking about your storyboard, look for creative ideas!
- Please share contact information with each other just in case something comes up.