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First Attempt at Stop Motion


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.

Author: GraKneeToe

I'm a regular guy with a regular job. I write for fun, self-reflection and to possibly impart some of my thoughts on those that will listen. I do not claim to be an expert on anything, but have opinions on many things.

2 thoughts on “First Attempt at Stop Motion

  1. Hi Mr. Granito,

    Your comments on how your students worked in their groups mirror my own experiences in my classroom. I’m curious to know what kind of camera and computer set-up you guys used. My students and I started The Longfellow Ten stop-motion club and we’re always looking for new members. We currently have films about literary and science concepts. It would be great to include history films! Thanks for sharing your student’s work. I look forward to seeing the rest of the films.

  2. The kids brought in their own cameras. Some were top of the line, others were a little out dated, but that didn’t really matter. We used Movie Maker to stitch the pictures together and narrate. I had one complaint about Movie Maker. It doesn’t let you set the picture transition duration to faster than .25 seconds. The animation would look more fluid if you could set the transition to .125 seconds or even faster.

    Next year, I was thinking about starting a Social Studies club. We would create all sorts of projects using tech. I would love to have my students involved with the Longfellow Ten.

    The remainder of the videos will be up by the end of next week. Thanks for the comments and support.


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