Every now and then I think it’s character building to step outside your comfort zone and try something you wouldn’t normally try. That’s what I kept telling myself – repeatedly – having made the decision to take on Stop-Motion Animation.
Luckily for me, people who have far more patience than I were on hand to help.
I found a partner-in-crime in Margot (@togramann, our wonderful Art teacher), who was also willing to have a go at this in a combined project. Finally, we found (read: strongly convinced) the Grade 5 team to let us use their students as our figurative crash-test-dummies.
Grade 5 were doing a unit on inquiry called Voices, with the following enduring understanding (Central Idea in PYP-speak) as its focus:
Through the Arts we tell our stories of who we are: our beliefs, our values and our experiences of life.
In Art, the students painted the backgrounds and foregrounds for the project and created the characters of their story out of plasticine.
In the ICT Lab, we had a practice run by learning to animate a sketched character and adding music to the background, to prepare for our final project, which will be animating the characters across the background and foregrounds they have constructed in Art.
Here is an example of our first-try animations, made by Al.
Thankfully our estates staff helped build the Animation Stages using recycled materials. They were fantastic! We ordered new digital still cameras (we went with this model) and adjustable lamps (we tried these ones, but they were a bit tricky to use).
We are now in the final stages of the project, and I have high hopes that some of the kids will be finished in time to enter their movie into the inaugural Singapore International Schools Film Festival.