Project: Stop motion animation

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.

You can read more about stop animation here.

Project outline

Step 1. Find good partners–creative, responsible, similar schedule, easy to meet with… (3-4 members in each group)

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.

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!!!).

Checklist

  1. What content is your video teaching? Is it clear to the viewer? How can you make it more clear?

  2. Does your video tell a story? Are you sure? Who is the main character? What is the plot?

  3. Detailed rubric

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, Mar. 16: Group formation (3-4 members for each group). Register your groups with me here. Identify your topic and start working on the storyboard.

Tuesday, Mar. 21: Submit storyboard (update link to project document). Begin creating props.

Thursday, Mar. 23: Finishing prop preparation. Start taking pictures.

Tuesday, Mar. 28: Finalizing and uploading to YouTube.

Thursday, Mar. 30: Present your animation to the class.

FAQ

  • 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 voiceover! You should narrate the events and the information you organized in your script. Check out bensound.com for royalty free music.