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Stop Motion Animation: How to Make and Share Creative Videos

Ternan, Melvyn (Author)
Barron’s 2013. 176 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781438002552 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 777
Book type: Non-Fiction

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Beginning with animation’s basic principles and equipment, this practical beginners’ guide describes a variety of stop-motion techniques using clay, puppets, chalkboard and whiteboard, smartphones, Lego and more. It includes step-by-step tutorials on everything from drawing a storyboard to creating sets and props to post-production editing. Readers will enjoy the inspiring case studies of professionals working in the field.

The book favours simplified, cost-effective ways of experimenting with the various techniques over theoretical, heavily didactic explanations, making it an excellent go-to resource for students.

Divided into three sections, its reader-friendly layout is characterized by brief introductory paragraphs, bold headers, captions and short blocks of text. The 600-plus full-colour images accompanying the text are a mix of photographs, charts, diagrams and step-by-step instructions for testing the techniques.

A useful tool for budding filmmakers, the book provides QR codes that link to online tutorials, a glossary, a table of contents, an index and a timeline beginning in 1868 with the inventor of the first flip pad.

  •  

    Browse through the book. Scan some of the QR codes to watch a few of the featured stop-motion animation clips.

  •  

    Read the sections about basic principles. Summarize them for a partner.

  •  

    Choose a stop-motion animation project. Use relevant sections of the book as references in creating your movie.

  •  

    Explore a variety of stop-motion animations, then identify and discuss the elements that make them effective or enjoyable. Use the criteria identified to evaluate other animation examples from the text.

  •  

    What can animated film do that live action cannot? How does stop-motion compare to live action?

  •  

    Select one of the techniques presented (sticky notes, 2-D animation, drawing in clay) to create an original stop-motion film.

  •  

    Browse through the book. Scan some of the QR codes to watch a few of the featured clips. Retell and discuss them with a partner.

  •  

    Read the sections about basic principles. Summarize them for a partner.

  •  

    Choose a stop-motion animation project. Use relevant sections of the book as references in creating your movie. Plan your project on a storyboard before creating the movie.

  •  

    In groups, determine key points and make a short multimedia presentation to share them with others. Visit the QR codes for online tutorials. Review the production process steps (see ESL Secondary Progression of Learning) before making a video.

  •  Choose your favourite stop-motion technique and explain it to a partner. Which is the most interesting or surprising technique and why?
  •  

    Make a short creative video related to a previous class project or theme. In the final credits, mention the techniques used to give your movie greater impact.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To cooperate with others
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Media Literacy
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Drama
  • Visual Arts