Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Stop Motion Animation

One of the joys of homeschooling is the ability to take time to explore areas of interest with your children.  Our eldest is 9 and loves lego and movie making.  So, we have combined the 2 interests and created some stop motion animation movies.  

Our tools are simple ones that are easily available.  We use our webcam to capture the images using free software called Stop Motion Animator, or SMA.  This program allows us to create the clips.  After we have the clips created we edit them with Windows Movie Maker.   

Here's a sample of one of the videos that we recently created.
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We learned the process of planning scenes to tell a story effectively and had some fun adding sound to enhance the images.  Check back later for more mini-movies!
  

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