Teacher Lee Briggs on technology in today's classroom. Brought to you by Weekly Reader.

Stop Motion Movies

Setting up the next shot.

To keep my kids busy in this crazy time, I gave a few of them a project. Using a common digital camera and a tripod my kids were able to make a stop motion film starring the snowmen they made last week and the alligator head I keep on my desk. Anything can work as a model for this activity: old action figures, army men, Legos or clay figurines. Making sure not to move the camera, you move your model a fraction of an inch, then take a photo. Repeat several hundred times.

The next step is to import them into Windows Movie Maker after you have set the default image time to .25 seconds. This gives everything a nice, smooth movement.

Add titles, effects, and even a soundtrack and you’re good to go.


And now, please enjoy Chompy vs. the Snow-Women:


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