Stop-Motion Animation Workshop: Session 1

March 5th 4:30 – 6:00, Making Pictures Move   This is the first of four sessions in this workshop.

Participants begin the first of four workshop sessions with hands-on learning about “key framing” and “frame rates.” In this session they will construct a simple flipbook and view examples of animation at different frame rates. They will also work with teammates to create a story using the digiSTORY Model. From this they will create a storyboard for planning their production.


Multimedia Lab Experience

What is it like to be part of a multimedia studio team? Find out in digiSTORY KC’s Multimedia Lab Experience. This two-hour workshop provides the opportunity to select a job role and collaborate with teammates to add the multimedia and text elements for a Claymation production. Select from these job roles and learn about that career in multimedia as you fulfill the project requirements for that position: Director, Actor, Film & Video Editor, Multimedia Animator, Sound Engineering Technician, and Producer. Participants build skills in collaboration as they complete their specific roles for the multimedia team.


Multimedia Lab Experience (Lee’s Summit Girl Scouts)

What is it like to be part of a multimedia studio team? Find out in digiSTORY KC’s Multimedia Lab Experience. This two-hour workshop provides the opportunity to select a job role and collaborate with teammates to add the multimedia and text elements for a Claymation production. Select from these job roles and learn about that career in multimedia as you fulfill the project requirements for that position: Director, Actor, Film & Video Editor, Multimedia Animator, Sound Engineering Technician, and Producer. Participants build skills in collaboration as they complete their specific roles for the multimedia team.


Multimedia Lab Experience

What is it like to be part of a multimedia studio team? Find out in digiSTORY KC’s Multimedia Lab Experience. This two-hour workshop provides the opportunity to select a job role and collaborate with teammates to add the multimedia and text elements for a Claymation production. Select from these job roles and learn about that career in multimedia as you fulfill the project requirements for that position: Director, Actor, Film & Video Editor, Multimedia Animator, Sound Engineering Technician, and Producer. Participants build skills in collaboration as they complete their specific roles for the multimedia team.


Multimedia Lab Experience

What is it like to be part of a multimedia studio team? Find out in digiSTORY KC’s Multimedia Lab Experience. This two-hour workshop provides the opportunity to select a job role and collaborate with teammates to add the multimedia and text elements for a Claymation production. Select from these job roles and learn about that career in multimedia as you fulfill the project requirements for that position: Director, Actor, Film & Video Editor, Multimedia Animator, Sound Engineering Technician, and Producer. Participants build skills in collaboration as they complete their specific roles for the multimedia team.


Animation: Making Pictures Move

​This workshop provides hands-on learning about how animation works.  Concepts include “key framing,”  “frame rates” and how the “persistence of vision” makes still images appear to move to the viewer.  In this session each girl will construct a simple “thaumatrope,” and a “flipbook” that simulates animation.  The girls will view examples of animation at different frame rates and see how animators place images together to create animations. They will also have a brief hands-on experience using ZU3D software and LEGO® characters to piece together a short animated action sequence.

 


Story Maker Lab Experience

Kids love to hear stories and they love to tell stories. Creating stories for multimedia (digital story making) takes this love for stories even farther by providing hands-on practice in developing important 21st Century skills. In this workshop, participants will get an overview of multimedia story making with hands-on practice in a class-wide collaboration to produce a stop-motion animation LEGO® story. Teams will produce one of four segments of a stop-motion animation story. Working from a student-created script, team members will

  1. photograph story action sequences using Zu3D stop-motion animation software and LEGO® Story Starter figures and bricks,
  2. record voiceovers and dialogue for the audio track in addition to sourcing sound effects for the story,
  3. use chroma-key technology (green screen) to add background scenes they source for the story,
  4. add titles and crawling credits, and
  5. render the file into a video file format

These story segments will be composited and published to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube Channel where the class can view the final results.

 

The workshop will provide ideas for how you can add multimedia story making to your own programs.


Stop-Motion Animation Workshop: Session 1

Stop-motion animation is a classic form of animation that has often been the entry path for artists who have gone on to become successful character animators. Stop-motion animation introduces artists to achieving animated effects by sequencing individual photos of objects into expressive movements that create a story. This requires a basic level of learning about photography, lighting, character expression, audio capture and video editing. Participants in this hands-on workshop will work closely with one or two collaborative partners to develop a short, stop-motion video story.

This workshop for kids and teens consists of four 1.5 hour sessions held on Monday through Thursday, November 6 – 9 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.   Recommended ages are 9 – 16.

  • Nov. 6th:  Making Pictures Move: Participants begin the first of four workshop sessions with hands-on learning about “key framing” and “frame rates.” In this session they will construct a simple flipbook and view examples of animation at different frame rates. They will also work with team mates to create a story using the digiSTORY Model.  From this they will create a storyboard for planning their production.
  • Nov. 7th:  Stop-Motion Tools: Participants will learn how to record dialog, and will use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture their stop-motion frames.  Students will also learn how to use Zu3D animation software to create their stop-motion story.
  • Nov. 8th  Image Capture for Stop-Motion: Students will then start photographing the progressive movements of the characters and props in their story at a frame rate of at least 15 frames per second (fps).
  • Nov. 9th:  Editing & Publishing Stop-Motion: Students will then use the features of the animation software to edit images, add sound effects or voiceovers, and edit the video timeline.  Students will add title frames to the beginning of their stories and crawling credits at the end of their stories.  When the stop-motion production piece is final, the student will publish the story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube channel where links can be shared with family and friends.

Students who successfully complete this workshop can earn digiSTORY KC’s “Stop-Motion Animation” badge. This badge is part of the LRNG-KC badge program.This registration for the November 6th session will cover your enrollment and fees for all four sessions.


Workshops for Girl Scouts

digiSTORY KC offers three workshop opportunities for Girl Scouts through their Community Partners program.  digiSTORY KC program information is available for scout leaders at this “You Schedule It” website: https://www.gsksmo.org/en/events-repository/2050/digiStory_YSI.html

Girl Scout troops bring their girls to our digiSTORY Academy to participate in these workshops.  Most sessions are 1.5 to 2 hours in length.  All of the equipment and supplies needed for the workshop activities are provided by digiSTORY KC.  All of the workshops relate to story development or the multimedia production of stories.  Here is a summary of the three workshops currently available from digiSTORY KC through the Girl Scout’s Community Partners program:

STORY MAKING

How do you create a story “from scratch?” This workshop helps girls understand the key elements needed for a good story and provides prompts to help them form their stories. We show digiSTORY KC’s story model using Lion King as an example of how good stories are constructed. We also show a few entertaining clips from classic movies that illustrate how those key story requirements have worked effectively. Girls will also work in small teams to create a “storyboard” – a 6-8 frame outline of a story concept they create.

Length: 1.5 hours   Cost: $15.00 per girl.  Recommended for Brownies (Grades 2-3), Juniors (Grades 4-5)

ANIMATION: MAKING PICTURES MOVE

This session helps girls understand how all forms of animation and video are made up of individual images shown in a sequence that makes them appear to move.

The workshop provides hands-on learning about how animation works. Concepts include “key framing,”  “frame rates” and how the “persistence of vision” makes still images appear to move to the viewer.  In this session each girl will construct a simple “thaumatrope,” and a “flipbook” that simulates animation. The girls will view examples of animation at different frame rates and see how animators place images together to create animations. They will also have a brief hands-on experience using ZU3D software and LEGO® characters to piece together a short animated action sequence.  Length: 2.0 hours   Cost: $15.00 per girl.  Recommended for Brownies (Grades 2-3), Juniors (Grades 4-5)

MULTIMEDIA LAB EXPERIENCE

What is it like to be part of a multimedia studio team? Find out in digiSTORY KC’s Multimedia Lab Experience. This two-hour workshop provides the opportunity to select a job role and collaborate with teammates to add the multimedia and text elements for a Claymation production. Select from these job roles and learn about that career in multimedia as you fulfill the project requirements for that position: Director, Actor, Film & Video Editor, Multimedia Animator, Sound Engineering Technician, and Producer. Participants build skills in collaboration as they complete their specific roles for the multimedia team.  Length: 2.0 hours   Cost: $15.00 per girl.  Recommended for Brownies (Grades 2-3), Juniors (Grades 4-5), Cadettes (Grades 6-8)

MULTIMEDIA COLLABORATION PROJECT

We have two versions of our Multimedia Lab Experience, a 2-hour version and a 4-hour version: the Multimedia Collaboration Project.  The difference between them is that the 2-hour version leaves out the camera work of shooting each frame to create the animation, while the 4-hour version allows teams enough time to do the camera shooting of each animation frame.  The two-hour version has each team working on the same Claymation story, while the 4-hour version has each team working on one or two scenes from a longer script using LEGO® figures.  Each team in the 4-hour LEGO® version contributes to an overall seven-scene group production.  Length: 4.0 hours   Cost: $25.00 per girl.  Recommended for Juniors (Grades 4-5), Cadettes (Grades 6-8)

digiSTORY KC is committed to providing opportunities for girls to experience STEM activities.  We are pleased to be working with the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri on their Community Partners program.


Why Stop-Motion Animation?

Our most popular workshop at digiSTORY KC is stop-motion animation. We offer the course in three formats:
• Stop-Motion Animation
• Claymation
• LEGO Show Time
Stop-motion animation is a form of animation that uses objects rather than drawings to bring life to characters. Stop-motion animators use a wide range of materials to create their characters: clay (Claymation), LEGOs, cut paper, 3 dimensional puppets, fruit, toys—you name it. Any object that can appear to come to life by adding movement and expression can become the material of a skillful animator.

Stop-motion animation is our entry-level course at digiSTORY KC for kids who want to learn more about multimedia production. One reason for this is that students can experience the “Wow” factor of multimedia early in their workshop experience. Using our stop-motion animation software, students capture progressive movements of the objects one photo at a time. Within minutes of starting this process they get to see the cumulative effect of their movements and expressions: their characters are coming to life before their eyes. Not much later in the process they are recording voiceovers and dialog and are adding sound effects and music into their productions. In fact all of the key multimedia elements of standard video editing software programs are part of their stop-motion animation project: working with timelines, audio editing, image editing, chroma-key background replacement, adding titles, credits, etc.

Our students learn the full range of multimedia production in an easy-to-learn and easy-to-use program that doesn’t require exceptional drawing skills or experience in photography and audio technology. They get to complete a full story and enjoy the satisfaction of sharing their creation with others on our YouTube Channel. This experience helps kids become aware of even greater opportunities in multimedia production and helps guide them to other areas for exploration in media.

Our stop-motion animation workshops are offered in two scheduling formats:
• 6-hour after-school workshops during the school year, and
• 16-hour formats during the summer.
The after-school version typically meets one day of the week for four weeks from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. The summer workshop meets for four consecutive days (Monday – Thursday) for 4 hours each day. The summer version is ideal because the students have ample time to create their stories and complete all of the many multimedia tasks to finish their productions. The depth of instruction time is more limited for the after-school format because teams need to use more of the available time to work on their productions. Still, teams create fun and rewarding animations that make them want to come back for more.

As students gain experience with stop-motion, they begin to add levels of sophistication that greatly enrich their stories. They add more sophisticated movements and facial and body expressions. They develop better stories and they add more graphic interest to their scenes through the use of design tools and green screen technology.

Once a student has experienced a successful stop-motion animation production, they have a solid background for exploring drawn animation or video production.

Here’s an overview of what is included in our standard stop-motion animation workshop experience:

Session 1: Participants learn about animation and how it works. They create a flip book and a thaumatrope to see how static pictures appear to move in animation and video. They learn about frames and frame rates for animation and video. They learn digiSTORY KC’s story model and work with teammates to create an original story. They create a storyboard and script for that story. They learn how animators use animatics to plan for voiceovers and other multimedia to pace the image requirements for the story.

Session 2: Teams learn production techniques and ideas for various stop-motion formats (e.g. Claymation, LEGO® figures, etc.). They complete their work adding voiceovers to their production piece. Teams learn about chroma key technology and start planning and preparing backgrounds and props for their production sets. Teams learn about the three phases of the production process, and they learn about careers in digital media. Team members choose from those job roles and begin their camera production work. Teams also learn about the importance of movement and expression for their characters.

Session 3: Teams spend this entire session producing their multimedia story. They are taking photos and adding them to their video timeline. They are adding sound effects, music tracks and special design effects. They are photographing actions against constructed backgrounds, or they are adding backgrounds using chroma key (green screen) technology.

Session 4: Teams complete the filming stage of their production and begin adding all remaining post-production elements: titles, credits, music sound tracks, special effects, etc. When their production is finished, they post the piece to the digiSTORY KC YouTube Channel. Teams end the session by sharing their production pieces with the rest of the teams and discussing their work on the project.

Stop-motion animation workshops are offered throughout the year. View our Events Calendar to see what workshops will be offered soon at digiSTORY KC.