Year 8 Unit 2: Animation

In this unit, you will learn how to use Adobe After Effects to create a series of animations, combining text, graphics and sound.

Learning objectives

You will:

  • Learn some of the fundamental concepts in the development of moving images
  • Learn how to make use of tools and functions to move and transform objects in an animation
  • To use movement and transformation to communicate ideas
  • Create an animation product for a specific purpose and intended audience
  • Plan, do, review: to plan intended products before work begins, and to review their effectiveness once they are complete

Please find the rubric for this unit here.


Lesson 1: Keyframes and motion tweening

In this lesson you will be introduced to the most basic kind of animation we can do in After Effects: moving objects. You will create a simple, looping bouncing ball animation that you will export as an animated GIF image.

Lesson 2: Making a video slideshow

In this lesson you will combine graphics, text and images to create a simple video slideshow based on a school event here at TES. You will also be introduced to a variety of transition effects that you can use to move from one scene to another in your video.

Lesson 3: Coffee shop advert

In this lesson you will follow a storyboard plan for a 15-second advert for a coffee shop. This activity is about the importance of planning, and you should aim to follow the instructions as closely as you can in order to create exactly the video that has been planned.

Lesson 4: Floss off

In this lesson you will construct a video of your own design based on the school’s ‘floss off’ event. Here you have more freedom to make your own creation than you had last week, putting all of the skills you have developed to good use.

Lesson 5: Planning your video project

You now have the fundamental skills you need to create your own video, and you will now start to plan your final assessment piece for this unit. You will be introduced to scripting and storyboarding as essential tools in the video-creation process, and use templates to create your own planning materials.

Lesson 6: Getting started with your video

Having planned your video, you now need to actually start creating it. From filming footage to editing clips together and exporting your finished product, this is where you will create your assessment piece for this unit.

Lesson 7: Wrapping up

In addition to exporting and submitting your finished video, you will also complete a self and peer review of your work, assessing your progress against the project rubric before submitting it for teacher assessment.