We love how fluidly OGOBild’s Animate It! Stop Motion Animation Software and Constructive Play Kit blends STEAM* education and PBL, or project based learning, both totally necessary for our children to build a 21st century skill set. Anyone interested in the Maker Movement will want this kit for their children.
Stop Motion Animation is the movie making method which uses static photographs of objects which are moved in tiny increments that when put together, look like a live action movie. You’ve probably seen stop motion animation movies such as Wallace and Gromit and Gumby.
Stop Motion Animation
The OgoBILD Kit with the webcam gives kids everything they need to learn how to make stop motion movies. You’ll receive an instruction book, a software code to download the Ardman Studio’s Animate It Express, and 103 OgoBILD construction parts. (Ardman are the creators of Wallace and Gromit among other films.) Watch the learning videos included the software because these are fantastic! They’ll quickly get kids started in a matter of minutes and you’ll be amazed at what your kids can create.
JJ put down a white foam board for the stage of her first stop motion movie. In retrospect, we learned that maybe a white background would be better than just the wall but that’s part of the learning process.
She and I built crazy characters. She positioned them and frame by frame took stills, moving the pieces ever so slightly in each frame. Here’s her finished movie:
STEAM Education + Collaboration + OgoBILD = FUN!
We had friends over to help us create our next stop motion animation movie with the OgoBILD Kit. The kids developed an idea (arts) and characters (design) which they built (engineering) –> STEAM! Then they worked as a group to make the movie.
They used a white background display board for this movie. AND, a string so one of the characters could fly in.
Stop motion animation takes planning and time. Kids must take many still frames of each move so the movement doesn’t look too jerky. In other words, patience and cooperation are required!
Here’s their collaboration stop motion animation movie.
Next, we’re going to work on lighting. We will be start by making our own light box using these directions on Handmadeology so our background and lighting will look better.
Stop Motion Animation Tutorials
To continue learning about Stop Motion Animation we’ve found great tutorials to watch so that our movie making skills improve.
Richard Harrington’s Stop Motion Animation Tutorials – these are on Lynda.com which is a membership site for classes costing $25/month.
Kameleon Worldwide Tutorials (FREE)
*THANKS to OgoBUILD for sending me this product to review. All of the opinions expressed here are my own.