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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Animate It! is downloadable software for Mac and PC (with supporting website) for creating stop-motion movies using a webcam. The software costs £20 UK or around $30. Backed by the UK's famous Aardman Studios (makers of the Wallace & Gromit series and Chicken Run), Animate It! guides kids through the sometimes tedious but ultimately rewarding process of animation.
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What's it about?
Animate It! gives kids the tools to make their own stop-motion animation in the Aardman Studios style. Kids need a computer with a webcam to use Animate It!, but beyond that, the program gives kids the ability to edit and add effects to the animations they create. Kids download the application to their computer's hard drive. The Animate It! website offers kid-friendly and charming video tutorials to walk kids through various filming processes and techniques.
Is it any good?
For kids who are interested in making movies but don't know how or where to begin, Animate It! is perfect. It's detailed without being overwhelming, and kids will love the tutorial videos and finding their own inspiration. Like any large-scale art project, kids will get out of Animate It! what they put into it, but with a little time, they will be able to complete a full "film" that they'll be proud to share.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the patience and commitment it takes to make a movie from start to finish. How long do you think it takes to make a movie? Do you know that sometimes it can take weeks to film just one scene?
Families can also discuss the elements of a story: setting, character, and plot. What makes a good story? What kinds of characters make for an interesting tale?
Why is it helpful to write a script or storyboard for your movie? Did you ever try to complete a project without planning it out first? Were you happy with the results?
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, storytelling
Arts: film, script writing
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
Creativity: combining knowledge, imagination, making new creations, producing new content
- Genre: Creating
- Pricing structure: Free
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