Stop Animation


The stop animation project is very similar to digital storytelling.  What is a story?  A story has the introduction, the climax and the end.  So, what you need to know is storyboarding.  We talked a little bit about storyboarding when we worked on the infomercial project.  For the stop animation project, you need to think more about storyboarding, because you are going to have at least 100 images for this project.  To have a clear thinking flow about your story is very important!  But before we talked about storyboarding, let’s watch some examples from previous EDIT 2000 students.

Ocean Food Chain

A Tale of Two Mouths

Then let’s look at some professional ones!

Josh Ritter- Love Is Making Its Way Back Home (over 12,000 pieces of construction paper)

2011 NPUST HR Farewell Video : 3 Idiots  (2,212 pictures)

Now it’s your turn!  Get into a group no more than 3.

First of all, you need to think about the topic that you want to talk about. It can be anything you and your partners are interested in!  We do figure out that better topics are ones that show cycles, systems, formulas, strategies, processes, etc., but it is not required.

Then think about the plots.  This is the stage when you need storyboard.  This website, kdmc, can give you some rough ideas about storyboarding.  Or the digital storytelling website hosted by University of Houston can also give you some ideas.

Don’t worry about how many images you need for now.  Just talk with your partners about the following things today and Wednesday:

  1. Come up with an idea for your video (make sure it matches a Georgia Performance Standard).
  2. Plan your storyboard.
  3.  Decide what props and equipment you’ll need.

Our schedule for the next few classes:

March 1 (Friday): Make your set-up with all the props

March 4 (Monday): Taking pictures of your set-up

March 6 (Wednesday): iMovie/ Movie Maker/ MyStopAction Instruction

March 8 (Friday): Edit your video

Materials you need for this project next week:

  1. your storyboard
  2. at least one camera in each group (make sure the battery is not dead and you have the cable to connect the camera to your laptop!)
  3. a tripod (maybe)  (If you need, you can check it out from OIT on the second floor)
  4. materials to make your set-up
  5. skills in iMovie/ Movie Maker/ MyStopAction App

I hope we can finish all the editing and recording before spring break, then we will come back and have our own Oscar!


  • Expect to know who your partner will be by the end of this week.
  • Expect your partner’s self-introduction next week.
  • Keep being creative!!


  • Prepare for discussion 1– sports (03/04-03/06).  Find images about the popular sports in Taiwan/ what American sports can be popular in Taiwan/ and the sport you are good at.
  • Get camera and tripod.


  • Your 6th reflection on communication is due today (Feb. 27).
  • Read p.3-p.10 in Horizon Report.  You can find the document in our shared folder.  There are two versions.  If you are interested in knowing the tech trends in K-12 Education, choose to read that one.  If you are interested in knowing tech trends in higher education, like where you are, choose the other one.  The guiding questions have been posted here.  Please post your reflection by midnight on this Friday (March 1).
  • Work on your storyboard and get all the props you need to make your set-up.

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