For the “flip book animation” movie I decided to work with students from a Lithuanian High School. This shooting technique can be easily implemented in a two-period lesson of most subjects since the technique is topic-independent and quickly done. In my case the 10th graders had the topic “Traveling” in English, which was the subject I took over for 90 minutes. I filmed my introductory to “Flip Book Animation”, a few scenes of the working phase and added in the final part the individual works of the students.
For this class I decided – after a short conversation with the teacher – that the students should work in pairs to create their animations
In preparation for the class I created my own flip book, which can also be seen in the movie, to understand the creative process and filming technique. As an introductory video to understand the basics I used the this YouTube clip. After finishing my animation, I came up with the four following tips for the students:
Keep it simple – because you have to repeat the picture on every page with slight alteration, so too detailed drawing becomes too laborious too fast
- Play with perspective (e.g. zooming) – A tweak in the animation, which makes the whole flipbook more lively. Zooming might be the easiest way of achieving this effect. For amateurish drawers as me the change of perspective was very hard work.
- Use the advantage of animation (e.g. transformation) – Easily done, thou demands a lot of creativity if you do not want to stick to cliches as I did
Have an idea/message you want to convey – Common sense for every form of art.
Furthermore, it is also important to note that the last page of the flip book will be the first in the animation. I used sticky notes – as suggested in the introductory videos – with my students, which worked pretty well. However, note that the students should not remove the notes in front of their animation for easier access / drawing since this makes the flipping nearly impossible as you can see in a few final products.
The editing was very simple for it was just adding the single sequences to one coherent movie. Unfortunately, the first two to five minutes of the class were not recorded and I decided not to repeat for the camera in order to guarantee a fluent lesson. Thus, I just added an inter-title to inform the viewer. Nevertheless, the result is still coherent and highly presentable. I chose “Stygalis – All Over” to underline the animations and create a transition from documentary to final products. The music is licence-free and taken from the YouTube channel “ByeByeCopyright – Music 100% for free!“.
This shooting technique is suited to be used as an introductory lesson in any kind of subject and topic. It is rather quickly done and can touch topics only superficially in most cases since no intensive research or time consuming shooting has to be done. On the other side, it is a breath of fresh air for the students to cover a topic in an artistic way as the flip book and could open a new perspective on a certain subject. It is especially a great chance for rather theoretical subjects as (higher) chemistry and physics to work on a topic besides experiments and models.
The final product can be seen here: