Lesson on Stop Motion Animation (30 seconds/12 frames per second)
Students will learn and use 2-D media (cut paper) stop motion: an animation technique that makes static objects appear to be moving. Creating stop motion involves: placement, framing, direction, and speed of movement.
Students will generate ideas through brainstorming in teams of 3 using a framework of character, setting, and solution. Feeling ownership of the concept will keep students interested and dedicated throughout the animation process.
Students brainstorm on their story ideas, and only one is chosen from their list. They have to negotiate and agree to this one story. A storyboard is then created using 10-12 frames. Students will then write descriptions of the actions in order to determine how and in what order every shot will be animated later in the process.
Students will use an i Pad and Boinx Stop Motion software to expose multiple frames of images that appear to represent continuous movement.
Students will use 2-D stop motion technique to create a simple animation that communicates an idea or story. They will be able to define the concepts of: placement, framing, direction, and speed.
Students will discuss, brainstorm, and write their story ideas in a simple character, setting, problem format. Several examples of stop animation including “Making of” documentaries in order to discuss techniques and strategies will be presented.
Students will create a storyboard to ensure that ideas are well developed before production. It is a visual plan for the entire animation. Students will show every shot or important transition in the animation, encouraging them to think about the “camera work” required to create their stories.
Students will use their storyboards to create backgrounds, characters, and props to be ready to film their animation. Students will use art materials such as crayons, markers, construction paper, colored paper, paint, or clay.
Posting the Animation
Students will post the animation to the class blog and share.
Assessment (see Rubric)

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