Movie Making with LEGO
Inspire your students as they learn basic film making principles and LEGO-specific techniques to produce their own LEGO stop motion animation movies. With access to everything a young animator needs, this workshop is suitable for beginner and experienced movie makers alike, and can run as a one-off or a series of sessions.
Age range: 7-15 years old (Years 2-10)
Session Length: 60+ minutes
Price: $5.50 per child per hour (Minimum $70 per hour) + GST
Capacity: Up to 32 students working in pairs
- - Stop motion animation is a way of making movies from a series of photos of static objects like LEGO
- - Taking more photos increases the frames per second and creates a smoother viewing experience
- Characters and setting need to move and change in realistic ways to create an understandable story
Depending on your numbers, students work in pairs or individually to create a stop motion animation film using our LEGO and iKit movie software. We give our best tips to make a smooth film. Students’ films are shared with the teacher to be enjoyed by the group after your visit to Imagination Station.
We are learning to:
- - Visually represent a story
- - Use visual elements like set and character coding to give our audience clues
- - Use stop-motion animation software to produce a movie with enough frames per second to deliver a story
Speaking, Writing and Presenting: Purposes and Audiences (Levels 2-5)
- Show some understanding of how to shape texts for different purposes and audiences. (Level 2)
- Show a developing understanding of how to shape texts for different purposes and audiences. (Level 3)
- Show an increasing understanding of how to shape texts for different purposes and audiences. (Level 4)
- Show an understanding of how to shape texts for different audiences and purposes. (Level 5)
- Speaking, Writing and Presenting: Ideas (Levels 2-5)
- - Select, form, and express ideas on a range of topics. (Level 2)
- - Select, form, and communicate ideas on a range of topics. (Level 3)
- - Select, develop, and communicate ideas on a range of topics. (Level 4)
- - Select, develop, and communicate purposeful ideas on a range of topics. (Level 5)
- Speaking, Writing and Presenting: Structure (Levels 1-3)
- - Organise texts, using simple structures. (Level 1)
- - Organise texts, using a range of structures. (Level 2)
- - Organise texts, using a range of appropriate structures. (Level 3)
Technological Practice: Planning for Practice (Levels 1-3)
- Students use creative thinking to tell a story visually.
- Using language, symbols and text:
- Students are reliant on visual language cues and film making conventions until their film is finished, at which point early finishers may have time to add sound effects that support their story.
- Managing Self:
- Students practice library-appropriate behaviour throughout their visit, and manage their own time to create a balance between finishing their movie and taking enough photos to create a smooth story.
- Relating to Others:
- Students may be required to work in pairs, and will need to consider how to visually communicate their story through stop motion animation.
- Participating and contributing:
- Students may be working in pairs, but ultimately are required to be self motivating to produce a film that can be shared after the session with the rest of the group.
More resources are coming soon, but in the meantime why not check out our free worksheets?