Are you familiar with stop-motion film? Take a look at this example. The Lego movies are great examples of how creative you can put single photos together to make a whole movie and tell your story.
Now it’s your turn.
Start by creating characters made from Lego people, stuffed animals, or toys. You can make up your own characters from your imagination or use some from your favorite books or movies.
Write a simple outline of the story you want to tell in your movie. It can be short or shorter… whatever you want. Then create your movie set! Add a scene using anything you have around the house or even draw your own backgrounds and set up a filming location.
Choose from one of these themes to begin your story line:
- A terrible virus has overtaken the world. People have been forced to remain in their homes and find new and creative ways to educate themselves and also to entertain themselves. What might a typical day (or portion of a day) look like?
- Recreate one of your favorite movies.
- Choose a classic fairy tale or one of your favorite books. Using stop-motion, act it out but add a major plot twist.
- You and your friends or your family are eating at a restaurant. Unfortunately, the service and the food are terrible. What might the dinner conversation look/sound like?
- Answer this question in a mini-film: What do students really do when the teacher isn’t looking? (keep it appropriate, of course)
Place your characters on the set and take a picture. Move the characters to the next position to illustrate your story, and then take another picture. Move your characters again and take another picture. Take as many pictures as you need to tell your whole story.
Record yourself or another person telling the story out loud of what your characters are doing. Then use an app to put it all together. Create a slideshow of your series of pictures and add the voice over. [Ask a parent or older brother/sister to help… or we can help too.]
Create your video and send it on over to us for a stop-motion film festival! We’re excited to see through the eyes of all our budding directors!