Animation Toolkit

How to Create a Sand Animation

You will need:

  • Light box - a back-lit frame with a translucent face of plastic or glass used to transmit light through an image for the purpose of tracing or slide viewing
  • Video camera
  • Paper
  • Sand
You can buy a light box from art and craft shops/suppliers for 20-30.

1. Position the light box under the screen 

2. Use the sand to create a silhouette of the character to be animated.

3. Once the sand is in position take a frame.

4. Reposition the sand a little and take another frame.

5. Gradually build up the frame to build up the animated sequence 

Send us a link to your completed sand animations and we may feature them on My Learning!

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