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Claymation 10 30

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