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Start Making Stop Motion!

A stop-motion movie creates the illusion that inanimate objects can move on their own. In pairs, or with a team, create your own stop motion film. There’s no limit to the stories that you can tell!

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Plan

  • When and where will you share this adventure?
  • What do you need to make a stop-motion movie?
  • What medium will you work with? Clay? Paper? Models? Lego? Something else?
  • Will you have a script for your movie?
  • How long will your movie be? How long will it take to shoot?
  • How will you share your movie with others? Will you have a screening for your Section? Will you post it online (remembering those safe Scouting habits)?

Do

  • Stop motion movies are a series of photos, where each photo is a tiny bit different from the one before it.
  • Before you start snapping photos, create a short script. What will your movie be about? How will your subjects move?
  • Between each photo you take, move your subjects slightly. The slight change in each photo will create the illusion of movement!
  • Use software or an app to string your photos together and create your movie!
  • Share your movie with the rest of your Section!

Review

  • What do you know now that you did not know before?
  • How did you work as a team to produce your movie?
  • How do you feel about your final product?
  • How did it feel to share your movie with others?
  • What would you do differently next time?

Keep it Simple

  • Make a stop motion video to teach a Scouting skill, like tying a knot or setting up a campsite.

Take it Further

  • Choose a movie trailer or short animated film. Recreate it as best you can using stop motion!