Origins of Animation GAEA Presentation


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Origins of Animation GAEA Presentation

  1. 1. by Amy L. Johnson
  2. 2. <ul><li>Full art unit designed to take learners from the beginnings of animation to current CGI. </li></ul><ul><li>7 lessons with 3 product-based outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Culminates in the publishing of a student-made claymation project </li></ul><ul><li>Entire unit is online at </li></ul>General Overview
  3. 3. Lesson Overview <ul><li>Lesson 1: Thaumatropes </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 2: Flip-Books </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 3: Storyboards </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 4: Character Design </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 5: Backdrop Design </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 6: Shooting Claymation </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson 7: Editing & Publishing Claymation </li></ul>
  4. 4. Foundation PPT <ul><li>“ Creating Movement: The Origins of Animation” is the foundation presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation overviews all projects, gives examples, and defines various animation terms </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation has embedded animations and links to exemplar videos on </li></ul>
  5. 5. Thaumatropes <ul><li>You will need : </li></ul><ul><li>Two 3 x 5 in note-cards per student OR two 3 in diameter circles per student </li></ul><ul><li>pencils </li></ul><ul><li>markers </li></ul><ul><li>2 rubber bands per student </li></ul><ul><li>“ How To Make a Thaumatrope” worksheet </li></ul>
  6. 6. Flip-Books <ul><li>You will need : </li></ul><ul><li>20-30 3 x 3 in sheets of paper per student </li></ul><ul><li>Pencils </li></ul><ul><li>Colored pencils </li></ul><ul><li>1 small binder clip per student </li></ul><ul><li>“ How To Make a Flip-Book” worksheet </li></ul>
  7. 7. Storyboards <ul><li>You will need : </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboard worksheet </li></ul><ul><li>Pencils </li></ul><ul><li>Story </li></ul><ul><li>Markers/colored pencils </li></ul>
  8. 8. Character Design <ul><li>You will need : </li></ul><ul><li>1 brick of oil-based clay per character </li></ul><ul><li>2 pipe cleaners per character </li></ul><ul><li>Storyboards </li></ul><ul><li>5 x 7 in sketch paper </li></ul><ul><li>Pencils </li></ul><ul><li>Markers </li></ul><ul><li>Clay modeling tools </li></ul><ul><li>scissors </li></ul>
  9. 9. Backdrops <ul><li>You will need : </li></ul><ul><li>18 x 24 in paper </li></ul><ul><li>Pencils </li></ul><ul><li>Markers </li></ul><ul><li>Tempera paint </li></ul><ul><li>Paintbrushes </li></ul>
  10. 10. Shooting <ul><li>You will need : </li></ul><ul><li>Digital cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Extra batteries </li></ul><ul><li>Books for “tripods” </li></ul><ul><li>Claymation characters </li></ul><ul><li>Backdrops </li></ul><ul><li>Masking tape </li></ul><ul><li>Pens/markers </li></ul>
  11. 11. Shooting Cont’d
  12. 12. Editing <ul><li>You will need : </li></ul><ul><li>Windows Movie Maker (WMM) </li></ul><ul><li>Computer </li></ul><ul><li>USB Drive </li></ul><ul><li>SD Card </li></ul><ul><li>SD Card-reader </li></ul>
  13. 13. Editing Cont’d <ul><li>Windows Movie Maker (WMM) </li></ul><ul><li>Unit relies on WMM instead of iMovie because most schools interface with PC as opposed to Mac </li></ul><ul><li>WMM is video editing software included in MS Windows Me, XP, Vista and 7 </li></ul><ul><li>It can be download for free: </li></ul><ul><li>Click-by-Click directions on how to move import pictures, begin a stop-motion movie, and editing in WMM are available on the wiki </li></ul>
  14. 14. Editing Cont’d <ul><li>Embedding Music </li></ul><ul><li>Students must find and download royalty free music for their videos </li></ul><ul><li>A great website for finding royalty free music is </li></ul><ul><li>Directions on how to download and embed music into WMM are available on the wiki </li></ul>
  15. 15. Publishing <ul><li>Completed student claymation movies can be uploaded to </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage the teacher to do all uploading </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to get a account (free) </li></ul><ul><li>Click-by-click directions on how to upload videos to can be found on the wiki </li></ul>
  16. 16. Assessment <ul><li>The thaumatrope lesson, flip-book lesson, and story-board lesson, and backdrop lesson each have their own assessment </li></ul><ul><li>There is a longer, more comprehensive assessment for the shooting, editing, and publishing of the claymation video. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Questions? <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>