This activity began with students first watching Claymation clips to discover what a Claymation is. They saw how this type of animation was perfect for creating the illusion of ‘morphing’. Plasticine was perfect for this purpose as it is easily moulded and can change shape.
Students needed to develop ideas for their animation entitle ‘The Life of Bob’. They outlined their plot in a storyboard. There needed to be at least 4 sequence of events, which ‘Blog’ would encounter. They used cover paper to create backgrounds that suited the scenes in their story.
Once they had completed the plan for the plot, they were ready to develop the animation using the iPad app ‘Stop Motion’. The students learned how to create a stop-motion animation using the tools in the application. They followed the process of capturing images for each frame and adjustiing the speed to create the illusion of a moving image. They discovered that small movements was the key to making an effective animation. Other strategies they learnt to help it look realistic and flow smoothly was keeping the camera and background still.
They discovered that creating an animation can be quite a complex, time consuming process that requires attention to detail and planning. Check them out!
Students please reflect on the following….
What tools did you learn in the iPad App Stop Motion Studio?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this type of animation?
What are some challenges you experienced and how did you overcome them?