Campers kicked-off the afternoon by creating their own claymation videos using stop motion animation techniques.. Stop motion animation is a technique in which objects are manipulated to appear to move on their own. The object is moved in small increments and a photo is taken of each movement. When the series of frames are played back, the illusion of movement occurs. Today the campers began creating their own claymation movies. Claymation is a form of stop motion in which soft clay or play dough are used to create animated figures such as in the movies. Gumby, Wallace and Gromit, and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. This afternoon the campers created their claymation movies using the iStopMotion for iPad app from Boinx Software. The campers enjoyed viewing everyone’s movies presented on the big screen.
Later this afternoon the campers were introduced to the Unimator iOS app for creating animations. The tool offers a novel keyboard for creating animated gifs or animations that can be shared online easily. Sounds and background music can also be added as well as a text-to-speech function allowing to “speak” the contents of the text animations.