Here are some great tips to help you make your own animation and short films. You'll also find free apps and where to publish your movies so you can share them with other children.
This is a guest article written by Tilda, my friend's homeschool daughter. Tilda is 12 and makes films with her friends and her little brother Oskar.
You will see a way to share your movies with Tilda and her friends lower down the page.
You can also contact me and I will add a link to your child's YouTube channel to this page - I would love for them to get more views.
Make Your Own Animation
A Stop Motion Animation is a series of photos of the same scene. Each time you take a photograph, you move one of the objects slightly.
It will appear to move when you play the photographs back. It's
Easy to do
Doesn't require expensive equipment (see free apps below)
I asked Tilda to explain.
use a camera, a tripod, and a computer.
computer has to be quite powerful and has to have a separate graphics
card installed for the editing software.
You can use a phone or a
tablet for filming.
My friend Ella and my little brother Oskar use an app on their iPads to make their stop motion films called Stop Motion Studio. The app produces the stop motion film automatically and is very easy to use.
use HitFilm4 for editing the film and adding text.
HitFilm4 is FREE, though you have to pay for add-ons.
Stop Motion Studio for iPads is low cost and has a free trial.
Looking at the animations that Tilda and Ella make gives you some great ideas.
Tips to help you:
Origami is great for an animation because you fold the paper in stages and build up to the finale. How about showing how to make a leaping frog? Or a paper airplane?
Playmobil figures are fantastic for making your own animation. You can photograph them as you move them round your set.
Pets are great as subjects! You can make the animals out of play doh and turn them into a simple animation like this one made by my children called Snuggles Gets Stuck:
Make an animation of your own mantelpiece display. As you add more
objects to the mantelpiece, you can turn it into an animation. Look how
Tilda's film ended up with this beautiful paper flower mantelpiece
Share Your Movies
Learning how to make your own animation is great fun and it would be great to set up a way where children can share and admire each other's work.
Why don’t you join in with Ella’s and Tilda’s #stopmotionmonday hashtag?
To join in you need to add the #stopmotionmonday hashtag to your YouTube video description and upload it on a Monday.
Ella and Tilda will be able to easily find your videos and you can all enjoy each other's creations!
Movie Making For Kids
You can move on from making animations to making your own short films.
You need the same equipment - camera, tripod, and computer - together with HitFilm4 and Photoshop for making still images.
have used Photoshop since I was 4. My dad used to teach me. Recently
he showed me HitFilm4 as well. Once you know the program it seems
quite easy." ~ Tilda
Kids Movie Ideas
Good news! You don't need to write a script.
I do use this storyboard but mostly we
decide what we are going to say before filming. Some
scenes were improvised but
sometimes we just don’t know what to say and stand around
I asked her how she decides what to make a movie about:
"It varies. Sometimes we
decide on the main characters and then make up the story as we go
along. Sometimes it is more planned and we come up with most of the
story beforehand." ~ Tilda
One idea is to make a kids movie based on a fairy tale like Sleeping Beauty.
You could also become a detective and set out on a hunt for magic flowers like Tilda and her friend Eva!
Watch Kids Movies
To give you some great ideas of what you can do, have a look at Tilda’s movies here and Ella's movies here.
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