Students will explore the historical significance and influence of stop animation in the film and visual effects industry. This unit provides students fundamental techniques in the construction and manipulation of characters for the creation of stop-motion animation. 

Students will synthesis knowledge of anatomy and human movement, and will become familiar with the use of cameras, lighting, and animation techniques in the production of a self-directed stop motion animation project.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse, evaluate and critically reflect on stop motion works and texts;  
  2. Apply pre-production techniques and design methodology, including storyboarding and animatic creation;  
  3. Demonstrate creative thinking when combining fundamental principles of visual and narrative design with motion principles;  
  4. Apply stop motion principles and animation techniques to create a stop motion project using appropriate production techniques.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Essay Analysis of animation techniques 25%
Assignment Illustrated animatic storyboard 30%
Creative Works Narrative stop motion project 45%

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