Stop Motion Animation Kit
I knew they would like the set, but I thought that it would be fun the first time and then they would lose interest. But that was not the case at all. Since we have introduced it with the kids, my oldest has been spending 1-2 hours a night creating his own videos.
Do You Ready Need A Kit To Make Stop Animation?
Well I guess you don’t really need a kit to create stop animation. But I can say from experience its a whole lot easier with the kit!
I remember fondly back when I was in Grade 9, my friend and I created a stop animation/claymation for our project on The Lord Of The Flies. We used my dad’s old video camera and worked for 12 hours straight filming. That didn’t even include the hours we spent creating the figurines.
Each frame had to be done perfect, and one bad frame meant we had to refilm the whole scene. Watching the film while we worked was also not possible, because stopping the tape at exactly the last scene was next to impossible. Needless to say after many retakes, by the end of that Sunday we were frustrated and glad it was over. However we were proud of our work.
What Comes In The Kit?
When we opened up our kit we found it included:
- a HD 1080p Web Camera
- Software CD-ROM (Don’t worry if your like me and don’t have a CD drive. There are also instructions on how to download the software)
- Quick Start Guide
- A book called: “Stopmotion Explosion: Animate ANYTHING and Make Movies”
OK, But How Is This a Homeschool Product
I was a bit confused when I saw this product in the upcoming list from the Homeschool Review Crew. But once I had the product in my hand it become very clear to me.
The book, “Stopmotion Explosion: Animate ANYTHING and Make Movies” can basically be used as a Elective course for your homeschooler.
Your homeschooler could spend 2 weeks or so per chapter, learning and experimenting. Starting off with the history of film, script writing, editing and so much more.
In today’s day and age, learning to create and edit videos will became a good skill to have. Especially for kids that would like to dip their foot into the world of YouTube.
How Did We Use Stopmotion Explosion’s Kit?
Because we only had about a month to explore the product, I did not have time to really have the kids go through each chapter of the book “Stopmotion Explosion: Animate ANYTHING and Make Movies”. For now that will be a summer project. But they did reference it when they needed help.
But that’s OK! If your kids want to dive right into things before you have had a chance to figure out their lesson plan, they can do what my kids did and start with the “Quick Start Guide.”
In the Quick Start Guide, you will find help to set up the kit components and get started right away.
I let my kids play around with the camera and software, trying new settings and experimenting with props. They could not get enough of this, and it even started to suck in the attention of their Dad and Uncle.
Why Do I Think Time To Experiment with This Product is Important?
If I had jumped into the project with that big old book, and told my kids for the first week would would be learning about Film History, and then week 2 animated actors, then week 3 creating a story, I would have lost them.
However giving them time to just play with the camera, and creating their own props lit the fire of creativity in them. How that they know what they can do, they want to know how to do it better.
Also now that they know how they make animation, hearing about how the first cartoons were created is even more interesting for them. It creates a common ground between what the book is teaching and what they are already interested in.
What Did My Kids and I Think?
My kids loved it. The first Friday night I gave them free access to the program, they were downstairs for 4 hours working together. Nearly every night after that my oldest son has be working on creating videos.
I think Wesley has found a new creative outlet, and I’m anticipating that our family will be entertained with many stop motion videos created by him for many months to come.
What did I think? Since my son is a techie kid, I’m so glad to have found a creative outlet for him using technology. Slowly but surely I know I can use this to lead him into the world of script writing.
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