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Keywords: Animation, Sculpting, Script Writing, Video Sharing, Techology, Video Editing
Subject(s): Art, Video, Technology, Writing, Animation, Information Skills, Spelling, Grammar, Drama
Grades 9 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Oklahoma Christian Academy, Edmond, OK
Planned By: Becky Campbell
Original Author: Becky Campbell, Edmond
The first task will be to create a timeline for the animation production.

Step One: Students will develop character(s) concepts. After the character is fully developed (looks, attitudes, personality), the student will create the character using clay. The character development can be in conjuction with the drama teacher while creation of the clay characters can be in conjunction with the art teacher.

Step Two: Students will create a script. Again, we will be using the drama teacher in conjunction with this part of the production. The script will have to meet criterias:

There are three bodies of a script: Headings, narrative and dialogue. Each of these has three points to remember.

1. Master scene headings which include:
a) Camera location - EXT. (exterior or outside) or INT. (interior or inside)
b) Scene location (LOCAL RACE TRACK)
c) Time (DAY or NIGHT)
2. Secondary scene heading
3. “Special headings” for things such as montages, dream sequences, flashbacks, flash forwards, etc.

Narrative Description:
1. Action
2. Character and settings (visual)
3. Sounds

1. The name of the person speaking appears at the top, in CAPS.
2. The actors direction (AKA parenthetical or wryly). Try to avoid these as much as possible

The next step in the project is the actual photographing of the clay characters. After all the photos are taken, the photographs will be put into the computer.

The next step is to create the Stop Motion Animation by using Stop Motion Pro Action Software.

In addition, students will be adding the verbal content and the visual transitions between scenes.

After the animation is created, we will use a video hosting site to share the animation with our friends and family.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
You could use the Stop Motion Animation to recreate literature, historical events, or even science experiments.
Students will create additional project using the Cross Curriculum ideas from above.
Materials: Mobile Labs, Video Cameras, DVD Camcorder, Hi-Def Camcorder, Auditorium, Projector Screens, Digital Voice Recorders, Art Tools, Camera/Video Accessories, Camera Bags, Flash/USB Drives, Tripods, Batteries, Memory Cards, CDs and DVDs, Computer Accessories, Reading, Word Processor, Keyboarding, Inspiration, Authoring and Publishing, Clip Art, Timeline, Screen Capture, Animation