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Set building

So you’ve created your characters, now it’s time to give them a home. Using recycled packaging is an inexpensive way to build a set. Repurposing materials encourages debate, conversation and …

Stop motion animation: understanding frames

Before we begin to create our animations, there is something that it is important for us to understand. One of the fundamental components of animation is the ‘frame’. All animations …

History example (student created)

Hidden Heroes tells the epic story of how messages travelled from families in India to their loved ones far away, fighting in the trenches of France before the days of …

Top tips for creating animated characters

To create your animation, you will need to develop one or more characters and create their ‘world’ in the form of a set. Watch the interview above with Shaun the …

Maths example (student-created)

Over the next five steps, we will be looking at a range of pupil-made stop motion animation examples. Each one has been used in a different lesson and for a …

Storyboarding your five-shot film

So you’ve thought very carefully about a film you’d like to create and now you’ll begin planning your film through the development of a storyboard. A storyboard is a visual …

Why use animation for active learning?

In this video, we hear from Jean Edwards and Helen Caldwell, Senior Lecturers in Education at Northampton University, on how they use stop motion animation with their student teachers, and …

Using camera shots to improve literacy

Before we start creating our five-shot films, and now that we understand a little more about camera shots, it’s a good time to consider how we can use them for …

Camera positioning

Just as important as the shot you choose, and whether your camera is static or moving, is the position of the camera when the shot is taken. The camera position …

The film essay

We have looked extensively at one-shot and five-shot films during Weeks 1 and 2 of this course but when you’ve mastered the creation of five-shot films you may wish to …

Camera movement

When working with your students to create a multi-shot film, they will begin to use different shot types, camera angles and movements. You learned all about camera shots in Step …

Introducing the five-shot film

This week we’ll be developing our skills further in the creation of multi-shot films. We’re going to focus on the five-shot film, including a filmmaking tool called 5,4,3,2,1, for use …

Evaluate

In the video above, Stacey suggests that filmmaking creates ‘investment’ in curricular projects and John speaks about the significance of a real world audience causing students to ‘up their game’. …