In my first attempt to bring stop motion to my classes, I’ve had mixed results. Some worked really hard and other worked really fast. Some groups paid attention to detail and others worked really fast. Some groups took hundreds of pictures and other groups worked really fast. I guess the key to success in this project was patience.
Those groups who took their time with taking pictures, setting the figures, writing the script, timing the scene, and narrating their scene had the most success and ultimately the better grade.
Groups who worked too fast through the project and didn’t care about the intricate details produced a lesser quality video.
Before groups were allowed to hand in their project I asked them three questions:
1. Can I hear your voice?
2. Can I understand your voice?
3. Does your voice match up with your animation?
Even though some groups answered “yes” to all of these questions, there could still be some issues with the animation. Not enough pictures would create a more “choppy” animation. If a group didn’t use a tripod or a stabling device, animations would create a “cloverfield effect.” If they’ve forgotten to include the “history” piece of their project, then their grade will suffer.
All in all, I feel the kids really enjoyed the project. I think I’ll do something like this next year, but maybe on a smaller scale.
As of today, there are only a few project finished, but I just couldn’t wait to share. Here is an example of a group that, for the most part, took their time with the project.