Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Claymation- making our films into books

The last time I taught Claymation I realized that the students were not getting enough time to film their entire storyline. Time is a challenge because each 5-10 seconds of movie time takes about half an hour to shoot.

In order to give the kids the opportunity to really work through their full story, I decided to have them write books portraying their films. We used our storyboards that we made at the beginning of the session as a guide. I printed out still shots from their movie and we used those as the illustrations. A few kids still wanted to draw which was totally fine with me!

This class spans ages from Kindergarten to 4th grade- I sure love seeing their writing and the way they designed their books! Some students ran one sentence through a few pages (love!). I had a first grader use tape to "separate" the space between her writing and where the picture would go (she is such a fabulous spatial thinker!! really cool to see her ideas!). A second grader used exclamation points perfectly to accentuate how intense the car race was going on in his film- all of them were amazing!!

Here are some examples......

                              the story board for the"Aliens vs. Humans" book above

        The following pictures are the covers they designed for their DVD ;))

 How clever is adding the bar code and the price for US and Canada!!?? Awesome!!

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