The benefits of introducing kids to filmmaking.
Fun animation types for kids.
Parents and guardians might remember stop-motion animation from movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas and older classics like The Year Without a Santa Claus, but the technique is still popular with major animation studios today. To achieve that signature stop motion look, creators move objects in small increments and take frame-by-frame photographs, eventually combining each frame to create the illusion of independent movement.
Because it’s easy to shape, move, and is just plain fun to work with, clay is one of the most common materials used in stop motion. Kids may be more familiar with the term claymation. When it comes to finding objects to use to make a stop motion animation, children can use almost anything — including food, home items, clothing, or even Legos.
This unique animation display may inspire children to consider their own toys or objects around the house as the foundation for their film. Stop motion forces kids to use their imagination and give inanimate objects life. Some even use people as the subjects of their stop animation projects.
A critical aspect of stop motion to keep in mind is that it can be very time-consuming. According to The Strong, a 30-minute claymation-style movie is made up of approximately 21,600 images. A full-length 90-minute claymation film can contain as many as 64,800.
So, if you and the children in your life have patience and dedication, in addition to creativity, stop motion might be the film technique for you.
Adults who remember the movie Toy Story are already familiar with computer-generated animation. Also known as 3D animation, computer-generated animation is used in many animated films and in live-action movies today. In fact, it’s often done so expertly that the viewer doesn’t even know they’re seeing something computer-generated. The process of 3D animation consists of three main steps:
- Modeling: This is the storyboard phase of the process where you establish the scenes, layout, and animation. Giving children the autonomy to determine these elements allows them to embrace their ideas and foster their inspiration.
- Layout: During this phase, creators decide on the look of each character and object. The technical applications encourage kids to appreciate the significance of each detail in the animation process.
- Rendering: The final phase, rendering, is where everything is compiled and put together into a final graphic. Now, kids get to see their vision brought to life after all the hard work — and the fun of creating, too.
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