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STOP MOTION EXAMPLES

STOP MOTION ASSIGNMENT
Final Product Requirements: you will work in groups of two, creating a 15-30 second animated stop motion film using still images shot with a digital camera.  Your stop motion movie will have a soundtrack, titles and credits. Use this STOP MOTION EXAMPLES LINK or click on the one above for student stop motion examples/ideas.

STORY REQUIREMENTS
•Your story needs a beginning middle and an end. Your movie is a little narrative.  It doesn’t have to be an epic motion picture, but it does need a storyline.
•Example: SELF CLEANING ROOM Story narrative. Room is messy.  Clothes and stuff in room is scattered everywhere, then before the viewers’ eyes, objects gradually move back into place –film ends with a clean room.

EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS
•A digital camera.  You can use one of our DSLR’s or one of our point and shoot cameras.
NO SMARTPHONE CAMERAS FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT!
•A tripod! You will need a tripod to keep the camera still while photographing
your subject.  Otherwise your animation will look choppy and shaky.

IMAGE REQUIREMENTS
•Shoot lots and lots of photos! Standard films or movies are shot at 24 frames per second, and video is generally shot at 30 frames per second. The more images you shoot, the smoother the stop motion animation will be. So to give you a rough estimate of the number of shots you'll need; a 15-second animation would need about 150-225 images. A 30-second animation would need about 300-450 images.


EDITING REQUIREMENTS
•Use PhotoMechanic software to edit your images –to throw out the bad ones (overexposed, out of focus…)

•Use Photoshop to Batch Resize your photos. Your images are too big to use in a stop motion film, so you will need to use Photoshop to resize your images. 
In Photoshop, go to the file > scripts > image processor to resize your images for your movie. (I will give you a step-by-step handout detailing how to do this…)

•Create your stop motion using iMovie11.  For directions about how to create stop motion, watch the iMovie11 tutorial here or watch the version you downloaded to your desktop.

EXPORTING AND NAMING
•In iMovie, save your project under the “share” pull-down menu, scroll down and select the either the "Large" or "HD 720" setting.
Name your film: p#yourlastname(s)_smotion.
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