Update: School Arts Magazine Article
It would be best if the video loops too since the crank allows you to view it over and over again. So, I asked one 5th grader from each of the 4 classes to volunteer to be filmed performing a short dance move that would easily loop. Here they are below.
1. Film a short looping video
2. Prepare the 24 frames of video
The Flipbookit website has an online maker tool that helps you prepare for a rotoscope animation. After you upload the looping video to their site, you can chose the portion you want to use, see a preview, and download the 24 frames of the video. These frames are what your students will draw over to make the rotoscope. If you have 24 students, then they each need to draw only one frame of the animation. We were able to do this in one 45 minute class period while learning the app, tools, and concept.
3. Preparing the tools to draw
4. Turn in and rename digital files
I shared out the flipbookit images through my dropbox. Each student was assigned a number and drew their piece of the animation based on this image. When they were done, they turned back their art into a new folder with the number and their name on the file. It automatically organized by number. I was ready to upload it to the flipbookit maker tool.
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4.5 (optional) Made an animated gif
5. Print and load the flipbookit
Digital animation made physical
Displaying the Mutoscopes:
Drawing from Experience
This lesson requires student to create a CONTOUR LINE DRAWING. Allow the old and wise (and very little from all the years of sharpening) Grandpa Pencil explain more.
Extension: Build a Mutoscope Viewer
A package arrived the other day in a very cool box. I was heading out to recycle it when it occurred to me that the flip top that opens to a windowed interior may make a cool viewer for my Flipbook (mutoscope). I'm not done painting the inside or customizing my own animation yet, but I thought I'd share what I started here.