From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

What is it?

Stop-motion (or frame-by-frame) is an animation technique which makes a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved by small amounts between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames are played as a continuous sequence. Clay figures and Lego bricks are often used in stop-motion animations. Stop-motion animation also includes cell animation, pixilation, puppet animation, and time-lapse.

What does it look like?

Two boys use a camera to photograph a toy dinosaur 

What's happening in Victorian schools?

The Screen It competition is an annual school animation, gaming or film competition for all Australian schools. For details of the competition, past entries and resources including the Primary and Secondary Teacher Resource Kit, see: ACMI - Screen It 

Working online

Please note: This page is a teacher resource. Teachers are advised of the need to check the terms and conditions, privacy, and age restrictions of digital resources before using them with students. Teachers need to be aware of how and where their students’ information and content is used and shared by the digital technologies they plan to use. Parental consent must be obtained to use a student’s personal information to generate accounts and provide access to online services. Non-identifiable information should be used by students working online.


How it works: RollerMache allows users to create their own animations. Browse clips, create story boards, develop characters and experiment with props. RollerMache has been designed for use in regional Australian schools. 

Keeping safe: Once users have registered to become a RollerMache member they need to wait one day for their username to be approved and are then able to upload their own media. All content that appears on the site has been watched and approved by an ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) moderator before it appears on the site.

For more information, see: RollerMache

Zimmer Twins

How it works: Zimmer Twins allows users to watch or create their own movies. It includes movie starters and a helpful tutorial on how to create a movie. Movies can be saved to the site and then viewed by others.

Keeping safe: All shared movies are moderated and guidelines for appropriate content are provided. Users are encouraged to use a nickname rather than their real names.

For more information, see: Zimmer Twins