Telling a Story through Animation

We have been working with Mrs S and Mrs C on narratives. We were given the opportunity to explore telling a story through animation. We watched some great videos about creating a storyboard, making a stop motion animation and adding sound to an animation on the Arts Alive website. Did you know that a 15 second animation will need about 150 photos if each frame(photo) is shown for 10 seconds?

We looked at some animations made by some former 5/6 students and talked about telling a story using images. Lots of ideas were suggested and then we had the hard task of choosing an idea and creating our storyboard. We needed to remember that our story had to be told in about 15 seconds. Once our storyboard was finished we created the props we needed for our animation and then used a camera on a tripod to take lots of photos where we moved our props just a bit in each one.

Some of us used ArtRage and MS PowerPoint to create our animations. We created our props as drawings in either ArtRage or PowerPoint and created lots of PowerPoint slides where we moved our props just a bit in each one. We saved each Powerpoint slide as a JPEG using the save and send – change file type option.

After we had all the images we  needed we used Movie Maker to create our animated story.

Next were the sound effects. We had watched a great explanation about Foley artists on the Arts Alive website and then we tried hard to create the sounds needed for our stories. Once all the sound effects were recorded we needed to add these to our stories as a sound track. Some of us also searched the internet for some creative commons licensed music to add as well. Sometimes we needed to trim or edit our sound effects in Audacity to make sure they were not too long.

Last of all we needed to save our Movie Maker project as a video so that we could add these to our blog.

Lego Man Builds A House

The Hungry Chameleon

Jail Break

The Moment


True Friends Don’t

Jack and Jill

Holy Cow

Balloon Crash

Ginger Grows

Into Space

Humpty Dumpty

A Cluster of Cakes


Have you created an animated story? How did you do it? Was the story clear in our videos? Please leave a comment on this post telling us your thoughts.