Week 1: Groups; Outline, Storyboard
Week 2: Theme, Setting, Characters. Build set & Props, Write script, scenes 1-6
Week 3: iStopMotion – begin shooting scenes
Week 4: iStopMotion – continue shooting scenes (ELA test week)
Week 5: iMovie – edit raw footage, add transitions, cropping etc.
Week 6: Post Production – iMovie – add voice over, dialogue, special effects, titles & credits
Week 7: Post Production – iMovie – final edit, peer review, publish to SchoolTube
Google Spreadsheet – Groups and Project Status – check to see what your group has successfully completed. (it will be crossed out)
****important**** you cannot begin shooting until your theme, outline, and script has been reviewed and approved by Ms. R.
This week begins our adventure with Stop-Motion animation. There are so many fantastic resources available to learn more and to discover the many techniques and materials that can be used. I recommend that you take some time at home to look at some of the animations. Here are some links to explore:
Software and Supplies
Tutorials & Resources
Each student and class can choose how to publish their animations.
If your animation is not published, please make sure you complete your reflection and publish your work. The computer lab is open every day at lunch and after school.
One of the goals of this unit is to think about how, why, and when, an animator can apply physical properties to the objects in their animations. The animator must reflect upon and consider each of the forces at play in the objects or characters being animated.
When a character moves, what is responsible for that movement? It may be a movement that the character makes or something caused by an external force, like a collision. Where did the energy for the motion come from? Once you identify a force, where is it being applied and how strong is it?
First Law of Motion: Force creates motion (movement). The law of inertia.
Second Law of Motion: When force is applied to an object it will move (1st law) and continue to accelerate (move faster) as long as that force is being applied to it. (2nd law). Heavier objects need more force to move them.
Third Law of Motion: Gravity acts as a force against an object. “For every action there is an equal an opposite reaction”. When you push an object it pushes back.
Website with Examples
Physics; acceleration; force; motion; inertia; trajectory; mass; gravity, rigid
We begin 2014 with our animation unit. We will investigate how animations are created and how they work through the creation of all kinds of animations. Beginning with the simple flip book we will examine how single pictures (or frames) can be viewed in sequence at a certain speed where the pictures come alive and movement and motion are natural looking. Animation can also be thought of as “the illusion of motion”.
In the 19th century there were many forms of animated toys that illustrated the way the mind and eyes perceived these flashing images. There are several websites that have instructions to make your own out of simple materials. I encourage you to try some of them.
Make your own!