Stop Frame Animation is a “fun tool” which we can use in classrooms to provide creative ways for students and even us, teachers to summarize, extend or to complement
lessons. It can be used to produce short clips to motivate our class too at the beginning of lessons (ex. to give them a hint and allow them to make logical assumptions, guesses, etc) or for short/small projects. Children love making animations and it is a very creative way to express oneself too. Stop frame or Stop Motion is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Below is an example of an old stop motion; a segment from the 1925 film The Lost World animated by Willis O’Brien:
Stop frame Animator is pretty limited. It could have been more interesting if there’s an option for dialogue boxes or recording of short lines. Of course I used the free one, maybe they have that option in the premium version. Please click the image below for a short tutorial on Stop Frame Animator.