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  • 1. Digital Storybooks: Clay Animation Workshop October 30th, 2009
  • 2. Clay Animation Activity Groups Languages 1: Melanie, Kendra Languages 2: Tricia, Ingrid Math 1: Ryan A, John, Kerri Math 2: Kya, Lauren P, Amy Math 3: Kim, David, Lauren W English 1: Leah, Bets, Alison English 2: Carol, Megan G, Vanessa English 3: Caitlin, Lara, Sarah P English 4: Kathryn R, Adam, Sara Science 1: Bob, Tiffany, Meghan M Science 2: Michael B, Ashleigh, Phil Science 3: Michael J, Tracy, Susan Science 4: Ben, Lorraine, Drew Social Studies 1: Stefan, Sade, Stella, Social Studies 2: Jennifer A, Stacey, Erin Social Studies 3: Jenny Arm, Lindsay, J.P Social Studies 4: Chris, Sam, Ryan M Social Studies 5: Kristina, Rachel, Brittany Social Studies 6: Todd, Zina
  • 3. Agenda
    • Sample of Digital Storybooks
    • Clay Animation Activity
  • 4. Types of Digital Storybooks
    • Photo Storybooks
      • Photos or Images w/ Narrative
    • Clay Animations
      • Clay/materials to create a flipbook on an idea/concept
    • Google Map Storybooks
      • Use Google Map to create stories or tours
    • Collaborative Storybooks
      • Use Voicethread or Earfl to get participatory stories
  • 5. What is Claymation?
    • Claymation, or Clay Animation, uses clay figures to illustrate a story or concept and computer software to animate the still photographs of the clay figures.
  • 6. Why do an animation?
    • An animation is a great way to assess knowledge of grade level reading, math, science, or social studies.
    • It is fun, your students will love the project.
    • It brings out creativeness in your students that you would not imagine.
  • 7. Materials Needed
    • Your imagination
    • Storyboard
    • Digital Cameras
    • Materials for a background
    • Materials for characters
    • Computer
  • 8. Steps to Creating an Animation
    • Step One – Come up with a Story Concept
    • Step Two – Create a Storyboard
    • Step Three - Design and create the background
    • Step Four - Design and create the characters
    • Step Five – Take the pictures
    • Step Six – Create the Animation
    • Step Seven - Share
  • 9. Step One
    • Come up with a story or concept.
      • Event or Concept
      • Phenomenon such as metamorphosis
      • Examples: the water cycle, long division, fractions, a scene from a play or story you are studying
      • Solution to a problem
  • 10. Step Two
    • Create a storyboard.
      • Storyboards don’t have to be detailed. They just need to show the overall concept of the animation.
      • Storyboards can be simple pictures or words, or a combination of both.
      • The more you include in your storyboard, the easier it will be to create your characters.
  • 11. Storyboard Example
  • 12. Storyboard Example Example taken from http://library.thinkquest.org/22316/start.html
  • 13. Step Three
    • Design and create your background
      • Materials needed:
        • Construction Paper
        • Markers or Crayons
        • Glue
        • Cardboard Boxes
        • Cotton balls
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    • You want your characters and their actions to be the focus of your animation, not what is behind them.
    Background Tip
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    • Make sure your background is not so large that it makes your characters seem too small.
    • A large size piece of construction paper is plenty big.
    Background Tip
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    • 3-D additions to your background make your animation more appealing.
    • A box and a downward camera angle are great ways to add depth to your animation.
    • Pop ups on your background are also great ways to add depth.
    Background Tip
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    • EXAMPLES of GREAT BACKGROUNDS!
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  • 24. Step Four: Design and create characters
    • Make sure that your characters are 1 and a half to three inches tall.
    • Characters that are too tall will not stand up.
  • 25. Good Characters
    • These characters are perfect size and very detailed.
    • Designed and created by a 5 th grade resource student with the help of a first grader.
  • 26. Good Characters
    • Spongebob is a great character.
    • The materials that he was made of caused him to be top heavy.
    • The creator compensated by placing something behind him to support the weight.
  • 27. Not So Good Character
    • This character is too small.
    • It is also not covered with clay.
    • It is unappealing to the eye.
  • 28. Not So Good Character
    • This character is not very well put together.
    • It is not completely covered in clay
    • It appears very sloppy.
  • 29. Step Five: Take the pictures
    • Take the pictures
      • Set up your camera
      • Use good lighting
      • Practice
      • Shoot
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    • Make sure you have a stable surface for the camera to sit on, such as a tripod.
    • It is important that your camera does not move at all during the making of your animation.
    • Find a well lighted place in the room or mount a lamp directed toward the set.
    • Make markings where the camera goes.
    Camera Tips
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    • Set up the background and characters and do a practice run before you begin taking pictures.
    • Move the characters about a half an inch at a time.
    • 30 to 70 pictures make a great animation.
    Camera Tips
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    • One person should be in charge of holding the camera still and taking the pictures.
    • Another person should be in charge of moving the characters.
    Camera Tips
  • 33. Camera Placement: These are Great! Examples
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  • 62. Claymation Assignment
    • Storyboard a “short” Claymation movie in your content area.
      • Science: demonstrate a scientific phenomenon such as a chemical reaction or biological process.
      • Social Studies : focus on a concept, historical event, different interpretations of an event, geographic features, current events…
      • English/FL: focus on characters from a novel, re-write the ending to a famous novel, dramatic “acting”, have poetry come alive. Concept…
  • 63. Editing in iMovie
    • Open up iMovie
    • Create a New Movie
    • Upload Photos
    • Place Photos in order
    • Arrange timing of Photos
    • Insert Photo Effects (Ken Burns)
    • Insert Video Effects
    • Insert Narration
    • Insert Sound/Music
    • Export for web (SHARE—SAVE FOR WEB)
    • Embed on your blog
  • 64. Tips and Tricks
    • The first time you do an animation with your students, let them have fun with it. Don’t set to many expectations. Just let them use their imaginations.
    • Let your students do as much as possible outside of the classroom
      • Storyboarding, scene creations, and even picture taking (cell phones!)
  • 65. Copyright FREE Sound/Music Files
    • http://findsounds.com/ (free)
    • www.royaltyfreemusic.com (free and paid)
  • 66. EDU504 Next Steps
    • Select your Web2.0 Resource for your Webinar in December.
    • Continue to post on your blog (4 posts this Fall)
    • Make sure you have completed your Technology in my Placement Survey (Okay if you did this with a group of MACers).
    • Live Blog one 30+minute event ( http://coveritlive.com )
      • Announce via email and/or twitter before blogging
      • Embed LiveBlog on your blog
    • Next 504 Meeting is November 6 th