As part of their studies on Indigenous Australian history and culture, grade 4 students brought their own Dreamtime stories to life. The classes watched Dreamtime animations to inspire their ideas and discussed the significance of storytelling in Australian Aboriginal culture. They identified some of the subjects around Dreamtime stories and the messages behind them. Students then wrote their own Dreamtime Stories, with the intention of bringing them to life through animation.
The students learned how to create a stop-motion animation.They discovered the process to make an effective animation and the strategies to help it look realistic and flow smoothly.
They decided on the materials they would use to create their animations. Some decided to draw their backgrounds and moving objects, some used Plasticine, others used images from clip art and others made them using coloured paper.
The experience taught the students the step-by-step process of creating a stop-motion animation. They discovered that it can be quite a complex, time consuming process that requires attention to detail and planning. They used the iPad app iMotion to capture images for each frame, put them together and adjust the speed to create the illusion of a moving image. They realised that keeping the camera and background still when taking images was crucial to a smooth flowing animation. Check them out!