ANIMATION PROJECT -- Group Activity -- Rotoscoping Animation Technique

Web Link Published 5/27/14 Last updated on 2/28/20
What is Rotoscoping? Learn how animation is created in the video "Lemonade." Use this in your class as group assignments. Have your students address topics related to their own lives, experiences, or current events. Maybe have them act out historic events or literary dramas, or scenes from literature they are currently reading and studying in class. This will cover all or most of your Common Core, STEM, PARCC, and other Evaluation requirements. Students will love it. Administrators will rave about them and you! It's a WIN WIN project idea for today's classrooms!

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • After Effects

    Create motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, and web.

  • Animate

    Design interactive vector animations for multiple platforms.

1+ Week
Content Standards
Common Core State Standards
Custom Standards
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Digital Citizen, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

Video equipment or capability (cell phones, digital cameras, or  video cameras)

Graphics tablets are easier to draw with than a computer mouse.  (Wacom - make great affordable ones)

Computers with software with drawing and video editing capabilities --

Software Options:
  • Adobe Photoshop (must be a version that has video editing capability)
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Flash Professional
Actors (students)
Script (student generated)
Backgrounds and props can be drawn in or recorded from real life

CC License
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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/4/19 7:46:26 PM Permalink

​very impressive group activity

Sally Schwager

Posted on 8/15/19 1:55:23 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing​

William Cortez

Posted on 6/3/19 2:56:18 PM Permalink

This is an ingenious project. Thanks for sharing.​

Dr. Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 10/16/18 8:31:26 PM Permalink

​it's very helpful resource, especially for animation students

Thank you for sharing.

Aziz Soubai

Posted on 6/21/18 12:14:58 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing

Bob Tuttle

Posted on 9/12/15 2:56:47 PM Permalink

Very impressive work, and a great deal of time. One good thing about this is to hear about the reality of what it takes, and how to approach projects. Most people have no idea what it takes to produce something like this. Great Job

Bhuvana Sriram

Posted on 8/3/14 4:24:58 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing this resource.I would like to use it in my project. Thanks for introducing me to rotoscoping.

Beth Canterbury

Posted on 7/12/14 3:29:28 PM Permalink

Thank you Candie for introducing me to rotoscoping and sharing your resources!

Vijeta Bhatia

Posted on 7/9/14 6:21:06 AM Permalink

Thank you for the resource, I have always been a fan of this video 'Lemonade'. We, at our institute have created an animation using the same method. Please see the video at, click here.

We have used Flash for rotoscopy and Premier Pro for composting the whole project. This an animated video of the song Rise-Up.

Rhitt Growl

Posted on 7/9/14 2:44:13 AM Permalink

Thanks for creating and sharing this wonderful resource. If anyone is looking for some more animations to show as an example of what you can do with rotoscoping, here are a couple of my favorites:

The Johnny Cash Project - An amazing mix of crowd sourcing and rotoscoping to create a fan created music video for Johnny Cash. The concept behind the project was pretty genius.

Bubbles In Space (Making Of) - A music video colab project between musician Michael Andrews and a high school art class. The rotoscoping was done by hand rather than computer. Still a cool concept though.

Keep Drawing - Another hand drawn rotoscoping project but really connects with kids.

David Gran

Posted on 7/9/14 2:13:30 AM Permalink

Great resources! Please join our rotoscope based Rotoball Project! It can be found on the AEE andat its website home - - we collect animations (mostly rotoscopes but any kind of animation is fine) from around the world and combine them into one big collaborative animation.The deadline is in May every year.

Here is the latest version of the project:

Jimenez Marilyn

Posted on 7/2/14 10:10:33 PM Permalink

Great project! I like the fact that this works at various grade levels.

katherine Yamashita

Posted on 6/29/14 9:20:23 PM Permalink

Wonderfully put together. As someone who taught rotoscoping for the first time this year - this is invaluable.


Tony Bolder

Posted on 6/10/14 7:47:18 AM Permalink

This is a very structured project that has all the hallmarks of being successful in student creativity. The use of a tablet is very important, however not all have this resource, but that would not stop anyone from succeeding in this area of animation.

S. Kelly Harris

Posted on 6/10/14 7:25:23 AM Permalink

Great work Candie! Nice to view someone else's rotoscoping idea for new ideas. You are so right about the use of a tablet for doing the rotoscoping, much easier that the hand eye coordination of tablet to screen. There are also some nice bluetooth styli out there that work on the tablets and some of the apps.