Friday (Recording your animation!)
Now for the fun part...
Today I would like you to record your animation using the plan you made yesterday. As you heard on the video clip with Nick Park and friends, the animators make all of their sets to go with the films they are producing. You will need to find some appropriate things around the house that can be used as your set/backdrop. For the characters I suggest you use things like Lego or possibly plasticine, if you have it! It's ideal if you find an object/character which has moveable parts.
What free apps can I use?
So, if you have an iPad or access to an iPhone, or anything Apple, then you can download Stop Motion Animation. This is highly addictive and I have used this lots in the past. You'll probably end up using it for other fun things you come up with at home!
The idea is that you take one picture and then move the character very slightly. You then take another picture and then move them again. By repeating this sequence of events you will end up having something which looks like moving characters, as you will have heard about with Wallace and Grommit. The smaller the movement the better it will look when you play it back!
TOP TIP...keep the digital device in the same position!
If you have an android digital device, take a look at the link here which suggests some other alternatives.
PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR PARENTS THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO DOWNLOAD THESE.
YOUR PARENT(S) MUST BE FULLY AWARE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING!
Someone who led the way with animation was Walt Disney. Click here to read a biography about his life and what successes he had. Take a look at the animation below too. I have attached some questions beneath which you can talk about with an adult at home...
What were the key milestones in Walt Disney's life?
What do you think inspired Walt to get involved with animations?
What stopped Walt doing his animations when he was 18 years old?
How did Walt support the war effort during WWI and WWII?
How many characters can you name on the clip at 3 minutes and 5 seconds?
Which Disney characters are the most popular?
What are the main differences between Disneyland and Disneyworld?
How many people visited the parks? Do you think more people visit these destinations today?
Who would these parks appeal too? Why?
'It's kind of fun to do the impossible' What does this quote from Walt reflect about his personality and drive?