Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Night

It’s #MovieNightFriday and its spooky season so why not pair the two right? Now this movie can be hit or miss based on each kid, if your child doesn’t like spooky, well I would skip this one. You can also just use this film at any time of the year. There is no must that it has to be only Halloween or Christmas.

Now you are probably wondering how I am planning on spinning this into a lesson beyond the crafts and cooking aspect like I always do. *P.S. I will be adding more down below* Anyway, this movie is a great example for a behind the scenes lesson (Movie Lesson). The Nightmare before Christmas is a Stop – Motion film.

Stop motion is an animated filmmaking technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they will appear to exhibit independent motion or change when the series of frames is played back. Any kind of object can thus be animated, but puppets with movable joints (puppet animation) or plasticine figures (clay animation or claymation) are most commonly used. Puppets, models or clay figures built around an armature are used in model animation. Stop motion with live actors is often referred to as pixilation. Stop motion of flat materials such as paper, fabrics or photographs is usually called cutout animation.

Now understanding that, you can challenge your kids to create their own little movie by creating a story, setting it up and the older kids can work on editing too.

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