Collaborative Rotoscope Animation Lesson

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2nd - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
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I love the activity and can't wait to use it. I would also like it to be available in some other format because my school blocks many sites.


This eBook takes you through the steps of

  • Filming and dividing up each frame of action in a short clip
  • Prepping iPads for drawing a rotoscope over each frame of action using the Brushes Redux App (free)
  • Showcasing that animation into a Flipbookit for a retro mutoscope physical display

The book includes videos, links to resources, handouts, and photos of displays to help your students make a rotoscope in a mutoscope (drawing over a video displayed in a hand-cranked box).

This is a collaborative project. Each student will contribute one frame (one drawing) to a 24 frame animation. You only need to purchase one Flipbookit.

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I published an article about this lesson in the media arts issue of School Arts Magazine, March 2022. View the article (comes with embedded video) online here.

NOTE: The Flipbookit is optional. You can use all the techniques in this ebook to make a collaborative rotoscope animation that you can make into a gif using and share on social media, presentations, or your website.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution. They analyze givens, constraints, relationships, and goals. They make conjectures about the form and meaning of the solution and plan a solution pathway rather than simply jumping into a solution attempt. They consider analogous problems, and try special cases and simpler forms of the original problem in order to gain insight into its solution. They monitor and evaluate their progress and change course if necessary. Older students might, depending on the context of the problem, transform algebraic expressions or change the viewing window on their graphing calculator to get the information they need. Mathematically proficient students can explain correspondences between equations, verbal descriptions, tables, and graphs or draw diagrams of important features and relationships, graph data, and search for regularity or trends. Younger students might rely on using concrete objects or pictures to help conceptualize and solve a problem. Mathematically proficient students check their answers to problems using a different method, and they continually ask themselves, "Does this make sense?" They can understand the approaches of others to solving complex problems and identify correspondences between different approaches.


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