Animation - Pixilation
Pixilation is an animation technique which uses yourselves and everyday objects. The simplest form of animation and a good place to start pixilation involves moving yourself or everyday objects to make a film.
The nine films show the key stages of a pixilation animation workshop with KS 2 pupils. This workshop is led by the class themselves and they will lead you through the entire process using equipment you already have in school. The equipment used in this film includes school laptops, digital stills cameras and tripods. The camera needs to be kept still when animating so if you don't have a tripod you need to make sure the camera doesn’t move.
Key Stage:KS 2 Art, KS 2 English
Overview:This lesson plan can be used:
⁃ to explore a curriculum topic of your choice using animation
⁃ to develop an understanding of the animation process
⁃ to develop literacy and creative writing skills
⁃ to improve team working and problem solving
⁃ to work creatively with ICT
The group watch a classic short film by Norman McLaren.
Making a whole-class pixilation.
Using props. Our group use cheap plastic hats to demonstrate the technique but you could use props you already have in school.
Selecting locations for your film.
Devising and notating a story.
Using the free software 'Monkey Jam'. Software changes constantly and it is possible the advice given in this section is out of date by the time you view this video but other free softwares become available all the time. Hopefully some of the principles will be the same.
Filming, then editing using Windows Movie Maker.. Software changes constantly and it is possible the advice given in this section is out of date by the time you view this video but other editing software becomes available all the time. Hopefully some of the principles will be the same.
Adding hand-drawn titles.
The finished film.