Four Oaks Elementary School students took part in a LEGO movie-making competition.
Students in grades 3-5 in Kelly Nolan’s technology classes brainstormed ideas and worked with partners to choose characters and a storyline. They then created a storyboard that detailed character development, dialogue and settings. The students sketched each character’s movement and prop placement on the storyboard so that they would be ready to film their movie. To create their scenery and backgrounds, students used LEGOs and other materials, including rocks and dirt.
Students filmed their movies using iPads and the free LEGO Movie Maker app. The process was stop-motion animation. To complete their movies, each group took hundreds of pictures to make their cartoon come to life. As the pictures were played together at a higher speed, it gave the illusion of movement.
Each group then edited their movies and added narration, sounds and sometimes music. The movies varied in length from one to five minutes.
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“I’m extremely proud of these students,” Nolan said. “They committed to completing their projects even after our elective ended. They gave their own time to follow through on their commitment. Each team’s accomplishments show their hard work and dedication.”
Third-graders Jack Rowland and Elijah Hudson won the competition with nearly 40 percent of the vote of the student body. They received personalized LEGO trophies for their LEGO movie creation, “Washed Away,” which is about a group of people trying to escape a tsunami.