Posted by: dbjaquith | February 3, 2013

Stop-Motion Animation Part II

Photography for animation

Photographing a three-dimensional scene for animation

Stop-Motion animation means the action is broken down into individual still photos. When these photos are placed in sequence into a movie clip and run quickly, they give the appearance of animation.  Students create characters out of clay, collage materials or drawing to animate their own narratives.  They design backgrounds as a setting for their stories and then photograph each movement.

Photographing from above

Photographing from above

The next step is to place the images into iMovie and adjust the timing, titles, and sound.  This is where the stories will come to life!

Ever since Apple upgraded iMovie to a more sophisticated program I have been at a loss as to teaching to the new version.  This year I decided to jump in and learn it with my students.  After all, how hard can it be?  The old version was very child-intuitive, so children could easily figure out how to add titles, music, sound effects and special effects once I loaded on their images.  The newer version is not quite so intuitive but does have some similarity to the old version.

Editing with iMovie

Editing with iMovie

The fourth graders and I are muddling our way through the first round of editing and together we will iron out the kinks for the next set of students.  Learning alongside children is the best!!!


  1. thanks for this info – must try this with my Grade 5 or 6 to re-inject enthusiasm into their art lessons!

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