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Claymation Project: Fairy Tale

Once you understand some basics of creating STOP MOTION VIDEOS with Premiere Elements 7, you are going to work with a partner to create a stop motion video of a fairy tale!

View samples of stop motion fairy tales other students have completed.

Short and Simple Fairy Tales

As you think about the story you'll create, you need some stories that can be told in 3 - 4 minutes and don't require many different scene changes. Here are few that you can choose from:



Once you have decided what story you and your partner will produce, you need to create a storyboard that describes your film visually.

You can open and print a storyboard template here.

  In order to finish your movie, it will be important that you get certain tasks done each week. Here is a weekly schedule to help you keep on track:
Week1: Planning
Choose your story. Write the name here:
checkj Create a storyboard for EACH SCENE. Turn these into Mr. Biggs before you can begin recording.
checkj Begin creating your characters, backgrounds, etc.

Week 2: Shoot your scenes.
Check Use the program MonkeyJam to record your scenes as you described them in your storyboard.
check Save each scene as an AVI movie in one team member's My Documents folder.
check Begin creating your characters, backgrounds, etc.
Week 3: Layout a rough draft of your video using Premiere Elements.
Check Import all of your scenes you recorded in Week 2 into Premiere Elements.
check Place each scene on the Premiere Elements timeline in order.
check Begin recording your narration in Premiere Elements if time allows.
Week 4: Add Narration and Sound Effects
Check Using Premiere Elements, finish adding the Narration to your video.
check Look for sound effects that will add to your story (or make them yourself) and add them to appropriate spots in your story. Here is a GREAT source of sound effects!
Week 5: Finish sound effects, add music and titles.

Create a title for the beginning of your movie and add credits at the end of the movie. Your credits should include:

  • Producers (Your names)
  • Camera Person
  • Story adapted from the original by (name of original author)
  • Source of any music you use
check Add music to make your video more exciting and to bring the viewer in emotionally.
Week 6: Final editing and rendering of your movie.
Check Make all last minute changes and edits to your video in the Premiere Elements Timeline.
check When you are done editing, you will create your video as a standalone movie that will play in Windows Media Player. To do this, Premiere Elements must RENDER (create 30 pictures for every second in your video) the video. Use the SHARE option to do this.
check Be ready to share your video with the class.
  Your project will be graded on several categories. Click here to see or print the grading rubric.


Lego WeDo 2.0 Unit

Lego WeDo Unit!

After hundreds of hours of work, extensive testing in elementary classrooms, and several rewrites, we are pleased to offer you the use of our Lego WeDo 2.0 Mission to Mars unit. Following the storyline of a mission to the Red Planet, students are confronted by a series of problems they must solve by building and coding Lego models. Fully NGSS compatible, this is a perfect unit to use in third or fourth grade. Please take a look and try out this free resource!