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Tips for stop start animation
•Design a set that is moveable rather than a background and characters should be simple in just one or two colours
•Stabilise the camera (bluetac)
•Consider lighting carefully (Natural and artificial)
•Assign at least 2 children per animation – one for clicking and one for moving figures
•Swap over roles
•Think about the maths! (Count in 5s and estimation
•When filming avoid shadows across set and be careful of hands in front of camera
Cleo animation site. An excellent resource for links to animation tools
A simple, easy to use, stickfigure animator based on the idea of a flipbook. This programme is a great way of introducing children to frame- by- frame animation.
Users can load backgrounds including photographs or images drawn using a paint package and create new stick figures. A range of figures come preloaded including animals and the alphabet. Movies can be exported for insertion in websites or to be played as films.
Combined with other animation software, Pivot films can be taken to an even higher level. The individual images can be exported and then edited before inserting into a programme such as Moviemaker. Once in Moviemaker it is posible to add special effects and sounds to Pivot animations. Why not give it a try?