Stop-Motion Lego Exploration

Yesterday, I finally got some students working on using our stop-motion software (it’s free for PC!) on the laptops. I carted in a HUGE bucket of Legos from my kids’ closet (don’t say a thing … top secret) and let my students just explore the use of creating short stop-motion movies.

In about 30 minutes, all five groups had created something and most had begun to understand how to capture frames, how to get your hand out of the way (crucial) and how to be incremental in your movements of objects.

This will all lead us to a Claymation Project very soon (this year’s theme: climate change).

I uploaded two small Lego Movies via Flickr and share them here. These are raw — no sound or anything. So, hum a little song in your head as you watch, OK?

Peace (in ssssslllllllloooooooo mmmmmmmooooootttttiiiiioooooonnnnnnn),

  1. My kids did Claymation several years ago using a digital camera and software called Video Blender (Teach4Learning). A student tried it again this year with a camera and Movie Maker. What is the benefit of using the online product you used for the Lego Stop Motion?

  2. Hi Nancy
    I can’t speak to th benefits of the Blender — I have not used it.
    We have used MM and digital photos for claymation, but it was voice-over-stills and not real stop-motion.
    The program that we use is free (good), easy to use (good) and you can set it up to capture any number of frames per shot. We do then move the raw video into MovieMaker for voice, music, titles, etc.
    Take care

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