On Friday, March 13th, students in 5/6W were given the task of creating a stop motion animation video on any factual aspect of Antarctica that they have learned this term. This was a massive task involving team work, artistic vision, app smashing and communication.
First step was to split into groups. Students did this without any issues and were in groups ranging from two-to-five. They then sat down and discussed what they wanted to present in their video and as soon as that was agreed on, groups either storyboarded their ideas or dove head first into the creation of their models.
Models were all hand-drawn. Most models were drawn using a collection of books from United States' artist, Steve Harpster, while others were drawn from the skills and talents of the students themselves.
To animate their video, students usediMotion . This was a long and patient process where the two golden rules of stop motion animation were practised:
1. Keep your camera still; and
2. Make your movements subtle.
When the videos were complete, students decided on their framerate, saved their work to the camera roll and moved onto the title creation process.
Each title sequence was created using IntroMate .Templates needed to be chosen, then appropriate text was added and formatted into the design. This was then saved in 1080p and exported to the camera roll.
With both their video and introduction created, students then imported both of these into iMovie where students could do additional editing such as transitions, fading in and out to black, add sound effects if desired and most importantly, their narration.
Each group's narration was scripted ahead of time - generally during the animation process - and recorded directly into iMovie. Students had to rehearse their narration so it would fit into their video's timeline correctly. This recording was done either with, or without, an external microphone.
With all the pieces of their video now put together in iMovie, students exported their final work to the camera roll and is available for viewing.
Due to the size of this task, not all students had the time to add their narration.
We all hope you enjoy watching our stop motion animation videos as much as we had while creating them.
Guest post by Nathan MacGregor.
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