We love the Zu3D Animation Kit – now you can be in with a chance to win one too! See further down for how to enter!
We were really lucky to be sent the fabulous Zu3D Animation Kit last month. It came at the perfect time if I’m honest. We arrived home from our little break to find it had been delivered and was ready and waiting for us.
The children had really been looking forward to trying this kitout. My eldest has previously had a stop-motion kit and had so much fun but the one he had was quite limited. I showed him the Zu3D kit online and he was really excited! He had loads of ideas about the type of movie he wanted to make.
What is stop-motion?
Stop-motion is a filming technique that’s used to make static figures appear as if they’re moving. The appearance of movement is made by repeatedly capturing images and moving the characters slightly in between each frame. The frames are then pieced together, sound can be added, and the movie is complete!
It actually takes quite a lot of frames to make up just one second of movement.
The Zu3D Animation Kit
The Zu3D Animation Kit is geared up perfectly for kids. The instructions in the Animation Handbook are really bright and easy to follow and my 10 year-old had no trouble getting started & showing us how to get started. The set includes a quick “Getting Started” sheet (very helpful!), an Animation Handbook, Zu3D software, webcam, green screen, background and coloured plasticine.
The kids both had different ideas on what they wanted to do, so we decided they’d both do their own stop-motion movies. Little Miss wanted to stick broadly to the ideas given in the instruction manual and put her own spin on it. She loved the penguin they made and promptly made her own using the plasticine included.
Admittedly she had a little trouble creating it but she persevered and she was really happy with her “Penny the Penguin”.
She also created a duck and her Dad mucked in and made Morph too. Little Miss’s film is still a work in progress, but so far Penny the Penguin has met Darcy Duck and Morph, she’s managed to move them across the screen using the captured frames and they’ve sat down for a chat together. I think she’s got hours of fun ahead of her finishing this off!
Big Man wanted to use lego characters for his masterpiece. He wanted to create a news report with a bit of humour added in! He’s added a lot more detail than his younger sister with a moving opening and he’s also made his own background! The opening frames are fantastic and he figured out how to do this all on his own! The words move across the screen from the top left-hand corner and bounce around the screen before finishing in the centre and fading into his news report. It’s fab!
His news report was all about a burglar that was on the run. He added lots of funny touches with the burglar poking his head in front of the camera and seeming to go un-noticed by the reporter. It was very funny to watch and lovely to see him using his imagination. At his age, it’s often difficult to get him to just play but this really encouraged him. He also let his younger sister join in with the voice-over and it was so nice to watch them working together and giggling away!
So, if you’d like to get a kit of your own (maybe stash it away for Christmas or a birthday), you can find them here, or, you can enter to win a free kit below!
Now you can enter to win a Zu3D Animation Kit of your own! Simply enter the competition via Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced in the first week of October! UK entries only. No cash alternative will be offered. Good luck!