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Making a Stop Motion Video

Your job for this assignment is to create a three minute stop motion animation. Before you get too far, don't forget you'll need to Storyboard your assignment as described here.

What is stop motion animation? It's where an inanimate object like a pen, a doll, or toy soliders, is moved bit by bit with separate pictures being taken after each small movement. The pictures are then brought together to form a video that fools the eye into thinking the inanimate object was actually moving on its own. This is sometimes done with clay figures in a process called claymation. Movies such as Chicken Run were done in claymation.

This will be a longer animation, based on an abstract concept such as:

  1. love
  2. risk
  3. hunger
  4. peace
  5. radiance
  6. or some other abstract idea pre-approved by the teacher.

The animation must:

  1. be in good taste.
  2. be creative.
  3. must have a brief outline that is approved by your teacher and at least one parent of all the group members.
  4. be short at a rate of 15 frames per second.
  5. be three minutes long.
  6. be shot from a variety of angles using different cuts.
  7. use the Lego and Lego-style figures and other blocks and things that you come up with.

You'll have available for your usage:

  1. a web camera,
  2. any Lego-style figures or other objects you can come up with,
  3. Stop Motion Animator software.

This project is meant to be fairly simple and is intended to familiarize you with the web camera and the editing software. Use the project to experiment and try different things. Find out how equipment works.

This project should take more time than the previous assignment. It should be done in about three weeks.

Keep in mind that any images you use, any video clips you add to your presentation, or any sounds you make must be yours or must be in the public domain. In other words the material you use must not be copyrighted. To use copyrighted material without permission is illegal and the assignment will receive a zero.

James Dykstra,
Apr 18, 2012, 7:00 AM