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This curriculum covers the stop-motion animation production process from pre-production through post-production. In this curriculum, your students will experience the full range of activities that are typical for digital media production. Click on the red arrow on the right end of the unit headers to drop down a list of sections and lessons. .

  • Lesson 1: Making Pictures Move
    • Explains what animation is, the history of animation, and some basic technical aspects of animation.
  • Lesson 2: Story Structure
    • Shows you a structure that you can use to build stories of all kinds.
  • Lesson 3: Storyboarding
    • Shows you the technique of putting key scenes of your story on cards and posting them to a board so your story team can edit the sequence of story events and pitch your story to the rest of the class.
  • Lesson 4: Scriptwriting
    • Explains the parts of the script, their purposes, and how to format a script properly.
  • Lesson 5: Animatics
    • Shows you how to put together a sketch animation of the main story points so your story team can see how they work together, make necessary changes, and present your animatic to the rest of the class.

Stop-Motion Animation Technology

  • Lesson 6: Stop-Motion Animation Technology
    • Shows you what’s involved in creating Stop-Motion Animation.
  • Lesson 7: Audio Recording & Editing
    • Shows you the importance of recording audio, how to record it, and how to edit it for the most impact on your story.

Producing Your Story

  • Lesson 8: Character & Prop Development
    • Shows you the techniques used to create characters from clay and create props to fill in their world.
  • Lesson 9: Movement & Expression
    • Shows you how to position and move your characters as well as the importance of facial expression in telling your story.
  • Lesson 10: Image Recording & Editing
    • Shows you the techniques used to capture still images and edit them together to produce animation.
  • Lesson 11: Photo Composition & Camera Angles
    • Shows you the importance of framing your images and the impact different camera angles have on effectively telling your story.
  • Lesson 12: Production Techniques for Stop-Motion
    • Shows you important tips and tricks to make your animation tell your story in the most effective way possible.
  • Lesson 13: Importing Images & Video
    • Shows you how to add additional still images and video content to your animation.

Production Tools & Special Effects

  • Lesson 14: Project Editing
    • Shows you how to complete the edits to your project.
  • Lesson 15: Green Screen (Chroma Key) Technology
    • Shows you how to use the technique of chromakey to add digital backgrounds to your scenes so your characters can be in any place or time you can imagine.
  • Lesson 16: Using the Design Tool
    • Gives you an in-depth look at the interface of Zu3D, the animation software used throughout this course.
  • Lesson 17: Adding Titles & Credits
    • Shows you how to place text in your project to tell your viewers the title, what’s going on, and give credit to all the people who had a hand in creating your project.

Project Publishing

  • Lesson 18: Rendering Video Files & Publishing Online
    • Tells you everything you need to know to get your project out of the editor and in front of your eager audience wherever in the world they may be.
  • Lesson 19: File Storage Media
    • Gives you insight into the various types of media you can use to store your project and rendered video files for later use.
  • Lesson 20: Careers in Digital Media Production
    • Explores the many opportunities available to someone who masters the skills in this course.
  • Team Productions Showcase
    • Allows each team to present its project to the class.

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