Stop-Motion Animation!

Ages: 10+

Arts & Culture Disciplines: 

  • Film/Video/Radio/TV Production
  • Media Arts
  • Visual Arts

Animation is a filmmaking technique that has many forms. Stop-motion is a type of animation that is made from a series of still photographs.

In the short film, Dear Henri, Matthew Sandager uses stop-motion animation to show us what is happening in Henri’s imagination.

Watch the film here.

In the scenes below, describe what the animation tells us about what Henri is thinking.

Share your response here.

CREATE: Colored Paper Animation!

There are many free apps that are easy to use. All you need is a phone or a tablet. We recommend Stop Motion Studio App. FREE!

Download apps here:

Apple  / Android

  1. Cut up bits of colored paper that will become the arms, legs, body, head, etc. of your characters. They can be very basic shapes and you can have fun making up crazy characters by placing various parts together on a flat, smooth surface like a table or the floor.
  2. With your animation app, take a photo of the scene without any of the characters or shapes.
  3. After you have taken the first picture of your scene, move the color paper pieces slightly, and take another shot. Keep doing this until you have taken ten images or so. You can also introduce other characters or objects, like the goldfish and sparkles in Dear Henri.
  4. Playback your mini-movie using the play button in the app.
  5. Share it here!

Pro Tip: Use one page that is taped or fixed to your work surface. It will work as your frame so that each photo is consistent. Line up the corners of the camera image with one or more corners of the page containing your scene. This stops the whole scene from jumping around when you play the movie.