Don’t you love a good Christmas advert? As much as The Snowman, and Elf, waiting to watch the newest Christmas adverts has become a marker of Christmas – the start to the festive season, and our kids want them played again and again throughout December. But this week has been even more exciting, as they’ve had the chance to make their own, courtesy of a fab stop animation kit from Sainsbury’s.
Inspired by the stop animation film of their own Christmas advert, and its message around spending more time with family and friends over the holiday, Sainsbury’s have created a kit containing everything you need to make your own film, with step-by-step instructions, and lots of accessories to build your perfect story. There’s a great quality box that opens out to make two different Christmassy film sets, a director’s handbook explaining everything you need to do, and a set of characters from the ad to get you started.
The handbook explains the mechanics of making a film, and provides inspiration for putting together your own props, as well as advice on lighting, so the options are endless, and I can imagine my two spending a lot of time over the Christmas break coming up with inventive storylines. Take a look at what the Bug created last night:
Animation kits cost £5, and would make a great stocking filler for children. Plus, for every kit sold, Sainsbury’s are donating £2 to Great Ormond Street to fund decent accommodation for families whose children have to stay in hospital, ensuring that families can stay together at an important time. You can pick up your animation kit in store or online, then simply download the free Sainsbury’s Story Studio app on iTunes or Google Play to get creating. See what’s inside the kit in this video:
I have been compensated by Sainsbury’s for my time in reviewing the stop animation Christmas pack. All opinion and imagery is my own.