Film-making can use either analogue or digital processes – and of course a combination. Producing stop motion film is a good example of this. We open with this video where a group of 5-6 year old children makes a stop motion film.
Stop motion is a simple way to make an animation film. You record one picture of an object at a time and move the object between each picture. When all pictures are played, a smooth movement is created (you might know films like Pingu by Otmar Gutmann and Wallace and Gromit by Nick Park).
Note that this process requires some time and patience but the activity invites children to explore the magic of animation, which is the preferred format for this age group.
You can find several “easy to use” apps for stop motion – we recommend “Stop motion” for iPad.
Here are three examples of simple pixilation productions with a group of 5-6 year old children.
3-6 children can participate at a time:
Talk about the choices they make. You can use print-outs from the internet (3-4 years) or draw an animal from scratch (5-6 years). Do this in the same location as the screening.
Suggested group size 5-20 children, 1-3 facilitators.
a. Use a camera to make a video or take pictures and maybe record some animal sounds
b. Afterwards you can edit the material and play with combining animals with “wrong” sounds. This will help them to understand the very basic principles of film editing and sound effects.
Suggested group size 10-15 children, 2-3 facilitators.
a. Make a collage with the animals – maybe add some colour / materials. Then let the children tell about their favorites. (3-6 years)
b. Record a stop motion film where the animals meet (see more about stop motion later in this step). Let the children add a sound to their own animal when they enter the stage (5-6 years).
Suggested group size 3-6 children, 1-2 facilitators.
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