Summer Workshops Are Underway!

June and July are busy months for digiSTORY KC. During this time, digiSTORY KC is offering seven stop-motion animation workshops. Two workshops are open to the general public for kids from ages of 9 – 16: June 19 – 22 and June 26 – 29. The remaining workshops are offered through key program partners:

  • Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center June 6 – 9
  • Mattie Rhodes Art Center June 12 – 15
  • Operation Breakthrough July 17 – 21
  • Urban TEC July 20 – 21
  • Girl Scouts July 24 – 27

 

Ron Green, Executive Director of digiSTORY KC, states that “summer workshops provide more time for kids to complete the full process required to create and publish a good stop-motion story.” The standard format for summer workshops is four days of four hours each day:

  • Day 1: Understanding Animation & story/script development
  • Day 2: Creation of an animatic and recording of dialog & voiceovers
  • Day 3: Photo capture of story actions and character movements & expressions
  • Day 4: Post-production (green screen, titles, credits) and publishing

The same workshop offered in after-school formats during the school year is greatly truncated. Typically the student has only six hours to accomplish the same amount of activity. This requires taking short cuts and unfortunate omission of instruction on important aspects of stop-motion animation production. The summer workshop format gives the student and teammates the opportunity for a more satisfying story production experience.


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.

Learners will have fun making a flip book and a thaumatrope to see how animation works


School’s Out — Now What!?!

School’s Out!  Enroll your child now for one of our Summer Stop-Motion Animation Workshops.

June 19 – 22 1:00 – 5:00

OR

June 26 – 29  8:30 – 12:30


Stop-Motion Animation Session 4: Editing & Publishing Stop-Motion

This is the final session of this four-session workshop.

In this session, participants will learn how to use the features of the animation software to edit images, add sound effects or voiceovers, and edit the video timeline.  Students will be able to 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 be able to publish the story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube Channel where links can be shared with family and friends.

This workshop is recommended for kids who are 9 – 16 years of age.

The cost for all four sessions is $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fees).  Here’s the full Stop-Motion Animation workshop program:

Thursday, April 6th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Making Pictures Move: Participants will be able to explain how “key framing” establishes the illusion of movement. The student will construct a simple flipbook and be able to explain how animation is affected by different frame rates.  Students will follow the digiSTORY Model to create a storyboard for their production.

Thursday, April  13th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Stop-Motion Tools: Participants will be able to use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture their stop-motion frames.  Students will also be able to use Zu3D animation software to create their stop-motion story.

Thursday, April 20th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Image Capture for Stop-Motion: Students will be able to photograph the progressive movements of the characters and props in their story at a frame rate of at least 15 frames per second (fps).

Thursday, April 27th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Editing & Publishing Stop-Motion: Students will be able to use the features of the animation software to edit images, add sound effects or voiceovers, and edit the video timeline.  Students will be able to 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 be able to publish the story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube Channel where links can be shared with family and friends.

Workshop Fee: $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) covers all four sessions.  (Scholarships are available for kids from families facing financial hardship).  By registering for the Session 1: Making Pictures Move session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Students who complete the stop-motion animation requirements will earn a Stop-Motion Animation badge from LRNG-KC:


Mizzou Digital Storytelling Reception: M-I-Z in K.C. 2017

Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO

The public is invited to attend this reception and presentation about Mizzou’s new Digital Storytelling 4-year degree program.  Admission is free.  Come at 6:00 to enjoy the beverages and hors d’oeuvres and then at 7:00 hear program director Joanna Hearne discuss “Digital Storytelling — The Newest and Fastest Growing Major in A&S” followed by Prof. Joseph Erb discussing “From Digital Storytelling to Lightning Paper: Telling Ancient Stories at the Speed of Light.”

Digital Storytelling — The Newest and Fastest Growing Major in A&S Joanna Hearne

Digital storytelling combines ancient practices of narrative with computer-based technologies in a variety of media–including images, text, audio and video, animation and networked communication.  Program Director Joanna Hearne shares the story of digital storytelling at Mizzou and invites us to think about how certain forms of media, such as animation, can help communities tell their stories.

From Digital Storytelling to Lightning Paper: Telling Ancient Stories at the Speed of Light Prof. Joseph Erb

Joseph Erb is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and an artist working in digital animation. He created the first computer-animated film and the first planetarium show in a Native American language and led major projects–working closely with Apple and later Microsoft, Google, and Facebook–to embed the Cherokee syllabary on the iPhone, iPad, and social media sites as well as Gmail and the search engine Google.  He will talk about animating traditional stories in Cherokee and share insights from his recent work designing Cherokee language fonts for digital platforms.

Admission is Free

Questions?  Contact Amanda Cook, muasevents@missouri.edu  (573) 884-4482


Stop-Motion Animation Session 3: Image Capture for Stop-Motion

This is the third of four workshop sessions for the Stop-Motion Animation series.

In this session, students will 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).

This workshop is recommended for kids who are 9 – 16 years of age.

The cost for all four sessions is $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fees).  Here’s the full Stop-Motion Animation workshop program:

Thursday, April 6th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Making Pictures Move: Participants will be able to explain how “key framing” establishes the illusion of movement. The student will construct a simple flipbook and be able to explain how animation is affected by different frame rates.  Students will follow the digiSTORY Model to create a storyboard for their production.

Thursday, April  13th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Stop-Motion Tools: Participants will be able to use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture their stop-motion frames.  Students will also be able to use Zu3D animation software to create their stop-motion story.

Thursday, April 20th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Image Capture for Stop-Motion: Students will be able to photograph the progressive movements of the characters and props in their story at a frame rate of at least 15 frames per second (fps).

Thursday, April 27th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Editing & Publishing Stop-Motion: Students will be able to use the features of the animation software to edit images, add sound effects or voiceovers, and edit the video timeline.  Students will be able to 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 be able to publish the story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube Channel where links can be shared with family and friends.

Workshop Fee: $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) covers all four sessions.  (Scholarships are available for kids from families facing financial hardship).  By registering for the Session 1: Making Pictures Move session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Students who complete the stop-motion animation requirements will earn a Stop-Motion Animation badge from LRNG-KC:


Stop-Motion Animation Session 2: Stop-Motion Tools

This is the second of four workshop sessions for the Stop-Motion Animation series.

In this session, participants will learn about the equipment and hardware needed to create stop-motion animation.  Participants will be able to use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture their stop-motion frames.  Students will also be able to use Zu3D animation software to create their stop-motion story.  This workshop is open for kids ages 10 – 16.

Students who complete the stop-motion animation requirements will earn a Stop-Motion Animation badge from LRNG-KC:

Here’s a summary of what students will learn in each of the four workshop sessions:

Thursday, April 6th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Making Pictures Move: Participants will be able to explain how “key framing” establishes the illusion of movement. The student will construct a simple flipbook and be able to explain how animation is affected by different frame rates.  Students will follow the digSTORY Model to create a storyboard for their production.

Thursday, April 13th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Stop-Motion Tools: Participants will be able to use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture their stop-motion frames.  Students will also be able to use Zu3D animation software to create their stop-motion story.

Thursday, April 20th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Image Capture for Stop-Motion: Students will be able to photograph the progressive movements of the characters and props in their story at a frame rate of at least 15 frames per second (fps).

Thursday, April 27th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Editing & Publishing Stop-Motion: Students will be able to use the features of the animation software to edit images, add sound effects or voiceovers, and edit the video timeline.  Students will be able to 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 be able to publish the story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube Channel where links can be shared with family and friends.

Workshop Fee: $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) covers all four sessions.  (Scholarships are available for kids from families facing financial hardship).  By registering for the Session 1: Making Pictures Move session, you will automatically be registered for this session.


Stop-Motion Animation Session 1: Making Pictures Move

This is the first of four workshop sessions for the Stop-Motion Animation series.  This session provides hands-on learning about “key framing,”  “frame rates” and how the “persistence of vision” makes still images appear to move to the viewer.  In this session the student will construct a simple “thaumatrope,” a “flipbook” that simulates animation and he/she will view examples of animation at different frame rates.  Participants will also use digiSTORY KC’s story development model to create a storyboard.

This workshop is recommended for kids who are 9 – 16 years of age.

The cost for all four sessions is $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fees).  Here’s the full Stop-Motion Animation workshop program:

Thursday, April 6th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Making Pictures Move: Participants will be able to explain how “key framing” establishes the illusion of movement. The student will construct a simple flipbook and be able to explain how animation is affected by different frame rates.

Thursday, April  13th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Stop-Motion Tools: Participants will be able to use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture their stop-motion frames.  Students will also be able to use Zu3D animation software to create their stop-motion story.

Thursday, April 20th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Image Capture for Stop-Motion: Students will be able to photograph the progressive movements of the characters and props in their story at a frame rate of at least 15 frames per second (fps).

Thursday, April 27th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  1. Editing & Publishing Stop-Motion: Students will be able to use the features of the animation software to edit images, add sound effects or voiceovers, and edit the video timeline.  Students will be able to 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 be able to publish the story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube Channel where links can be shared with family and friends.

Workshop Fee: $35.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) covers all four sessions.  (Scholarships are available for kids from families facing financial hardship).  By registering for the Session 1: Making Pictures Move session, you will automatically be registered for all four sessions.

Students who complete the stop-motion animation requirements will earn a Stop-Motion Animation badge from LRNG-KC:


LEGO® Show Time Workshop 3: Story Sharing

STORY SHARING

This is the third of 3 workshop sessions on using LEGO objects to create a stop-motion animation.

In Session 3, learners will add features to their LEGO story that add fun for their audiences: titles, crawling credits, word balloons, sound effects and background music. They will post their completed story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube account where their animation can be shared with family and friends.  This workshop is open for kids ages 7 – 12.

Here’s a summary of what students will learn in each of the three workshop sessions:

Monday, March 20th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Story Creating: Learners will explore the fundamentals of how moving pictures are created by assembling a flip book. They will then work with their team to create a 6-stage storyboard comic page that features photos of their LEGO characters in action.

Tuesday, March 21st: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Story Producing: Learners will use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture stop-motion frames of their LEGO characters and story props.  Learner teams will use Zu3D animation software to create their full LEGO stop-motion story.

Thursday, March 23rd: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.   (NOTE: No Wednesday workshop this week).

  • Story Sharing: Learners will add features to their LEGO story that add fun for their audiences: titles, crawling credits, word balloons, sound effects and background music. They will post their completed story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube account where their animation can be shared with family and friends.

Workshop Fee: $30.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) covers all three sessions.  (Discounts are available for kids from families facing financial hardship).  By registering for the Session 1: Story Creating session, you will automatically be registered for this session.

Students who complete the stop-motion animation requirements will earn a LEGO Show Time badge from LRNG-KC.


LEGO® Show Time Workshop 1: Story Creating

What’s more fun for kids than playing with LEGO’s? — Bringing LEGO figures to life through stop-motion animation! Using LEGO’s StoryStarter program and ZU3D animation software, kids 7 – 12 years of age will work in teams of 2 or 3 to create animated videos that can be shared with friends and family. This three-session workshop will be held at the digiSTORY Academy at 3210 Michigan Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri.

Students who complete the stop-motion animation requirements will earn a LEGO Show Time badge from LRNG-KC:

Learners can earn this LEGO Show Time badge

This workshop consists of three weekly 1.5 hour sessions:

Here’s a summary of what students will learn in each of the three workshop sessions:

Monday, March 20th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Story Creating: Learners will explore the fundamentals of how moving pictures are created by assembling a flipbook. They will then work with their team to create a 6-stage storyboard comic page that features photos of their LEGO® characters in action.

Tuesday, March 21st: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Story Producing: Learners will use a webcam and simple lighting with a laptop to capture stop-motion frames of their LEGO® characters and story props.  Learner teams will use Zu3D animation software to create their full LEGO® stop-motion story.

Thursday, March 23rd: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.    (NOTE: No Wednesday workshop this week).

  • Story Sharing: Learners will add features to their LEGO® story that add fun for their audiences: titles, crawling credits, word balloons, sound effects and background music. They will post their completed story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube account where their animation can be shared with family and friends.

Workshop Fee: $30.00 (plus Eventbrite fee) covers all three sessions.  (Scholarships are available for kids from families facing financial hardship).  By registering for the Session 1: Story Creating session, you will automatically be registered for this session.