Stop-Motion Animation: Day One
In groups of two, download a Stop Motion Studio app on your phone. For iPhone the free version of Stop Motion Studio app seems to work well. For Android I used Stop Motion Studio as well.
If you do not want to use a phone you can complete this activity by creating a comic strip instead of the digital animation.
The goal is for us to be able to visualize the behavior of atoms at the atomic level.
Your task: Recreate the animation shown for gas atoms being heated. Use the paper circles from the hole-punch (up front) for the atoms. Include a title screen with your first names.
Keys to effective stop motion:
- Smaller movements and lots of frames (pictures) makes for smoother animations.
- Figuring out how to hold your camera still is essential. Otherwise the animation will appear shaky and unprofessional.
- Don’t stress about making mistakes – this is the practice animation.
Show me your animation once you’re finished.
Next, plan out an animation for your assigned physical phenomena. We’ll create it tomorrow.
- Have a plan before shooting. What is it you are trying to show?
- Watch other videos about the phenomena so you can create a better animation.
Create an animation for your assigned phenomena.
- Should be at least five seconds long.
- Accurately depicts the physical phenomena (you get the science right).
- Include a title screen with your names and the topic of your animation (two seconds long).
- Motion should be smooth. Have at least 10 pictures for each second of animation.
- Place finished animations in the shared folder. Name the animation pd#FirstName1-FirstName2. For example PD3Rick-Morty.