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Creating an Animated Film

Students will develop an understanding of the animation process by working collaboratively to create an animated film.


  • To create the illusion of movement in an animated film.
  • To learn the stop-motion process in animation.
  • To work collaboratively as a group to successfully complete all phases of an animated film.
  • To develop an understanding of the animationprocess and the various jobs that are necessary to create an animated film.


  • Divide into groups - decide on a name and logo for the animation "company".
  • Brainstorm and decide on a theme for the animation.
  • Write story/script.
  • Create Storyboard.
  • Gather Characters/objects that suit the story.
  • Create backgrounds (within boxes).
  • Practice animating the story.
  • Film action, frame-by-frame with the digital camera (follow storyboard).
  • Import the images into iPhoto.
  • Enhance/crop images within iPhoto.
  • Move photos into iMovie and begin sequencing.
  • Edit movie, add sound, voices, transitions, special effects, credits, titles.
  • Export completed movie into iDVD.
  • Self/peer assessment.

Sunshine State Standards

  • VA.A.1.4.1
  • VA.A.1.4.4
  • VA.A.1.4.2
  • VA.B.1.4.2
  • TH.A.3.4.1
  • TH.A.3.4.3

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Make informed choices among technology systems, resources, and services.
  • Routinely and efficiently use online information resources to meet needs for collaboration, research, publication, communication, and productivity.
  • Select and apply technology tools for research, information analysis, problem solving, and decision making in content learning.


  • Toys/objects to animate
  • Box for background
  • Paper/paint
  • Digital camera
  • Laptop computer
  • Lighting for set
  • iMovie
  • Photoshop
  • iTunes/GarageBand

    Web Resources

  • Pharosproductions

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