It is important to think about the background of your animation to get the best out of your film. There are lots of different options.
It can be very rewarding to create your own backgrounds using paint, collage or 3D modelling techniques.  One neat way to do this is to make an animation set using a shoe box giving you a backdrop, floor and sides. You can then store the models and props in the box between shoots!
Another option is to buy the Zu3D Animation Set, a custom built stage that comes with three brightly coloured backgrounds; a space landscape, a jungle background and a spooky scene as well as green screen fabric. These are interchangable and simply fixed by velcro allowing you to attach your own background design.  The cut away sides allow you to manipulate your characters easily and they are stackable making them ideal for classrooms. Click here to visit our online shop.
You can also create your own backgrounds by searching through your photograph collection (or online licence free image search), copy and paste your chosen image into a document to make the appropriate size and then print. Why not print out and use some of the Zu3D Backgrounds.
When creating your backgrounds you need to think carefully about size and make sure that the sizing you choose is appropriate in relations to the models or objects you are animating.
We have found that one way to experiment with size and perspective is to use Pivot Stick Figure.  This is a 2D animation program that allows you to import backgrounds and resize the stick figure models so that children can experiment and gain an understaning of relationships between characters and backgrounds.
Here are some example Pivot films made with children in Years 5 and 6.
These films can be imported from Pivot into Zu3D where titles, credits, narration and sounds can be added to create a finished film.