Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (for Girl Scouts): Day 4

Thursday, June 21st is Day Four of the Stop-Motion Animation Workshop.

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    digiSTORY Academy, Suite 200, 3210 Michigan Avenue, Kansas City, MO  64109

This includes the following activities:

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.

Find information about registering for this week-long workshop at the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stop-motion-animation-workshop-for-girl-scouts-tickets-41879366312

For more information contact Ron Green at (816) 804-5917 or rronaldgreen@gmail.


Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (for Girl Scouts): Day 3

Wednesday, June 20th is Day Three of the Stop-Motion Animation Workshop.

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    digiSTORY Academy, Suite 200, 3210 Michigan Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64109

This includes the following activities:

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.

Find information about registering for this week-long workshop at the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stop-motion-animation-workshop-for-girl-scouts-tickets-41879366312

For more information contact Ron Green at (816) 804-5917 or rronaldgreen@gmail.


Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (for Girl Scouts): Day 2

Tuesday, June 19th is Day Two of the Stop-Motion Animation Workshop.

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.    digiSTORY Academy, Suite 200, 3210 Michigan Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64109

This includes the following activities:

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.

Find information about registering for this week-long workshop at the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stop-motion-animation-workshop-for-girl-scouts-tickets-41879366312

For more information contact Ron Green at (816) 804-5917 or rronaldgreen@gmail.com


Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (for Girl Scouts): Day 1

Stop-motion animation is a fun way to capture your stories and entertain your friends and family. Many famous animators got their start creating stop-motion animation. This process involves posing characters in scenes and situations and photographing each stage of their movement to create animation that reveals their story. In this digiSTORY KC workshop, participants will work in teams of 2 or 3 to create an original story which they will animate through Claymation, LEGO® characters or other objects.

This summer workshop session is offered exclusively to KC area Girl Scouts!

Dates: June 18 – 21

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $150 per person (plus Eventbrite fees) Covers all four sessions:

June 18th: 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.

June 19th: 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.

June 20th: 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.

June 21st: 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.


Multimedia Collaboration Project (Stop-Motion Animation)

         

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 seven scenes of a stop-motion animation story. Working from a completed 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.

NOTE: This is a longer version of our 2-hour Multimedia Lab Experience workshop.  The difference between this and the 2-hour version 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.  


Multimedia Lab Experience

This workshop is reserved exclusively for the Smithville Girl Scout Troop.

 

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.


Urban Region 4-H Energizer Registration

This event is for Kansas City area 4-H’ers and their families.  Come join the fun!  A great day for all family members learning new skills, strengthening 4-H leadership, discovering new ideas, and having fun with 4-H friends!

digiSTORY KC will be featured in Session 1 Workshops from 10:30 – 11:25 a.m.  Learn about multimedia careers and get hands-on experience with fun multimedia activities such as making an animated flipbook, creating Claymation or LEGO® animation sequences, adding dialog and sound effects to an animated story, creating photo tricks with green screen and viewing 3D VR using Google Cardboard.

 


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.


digiSTORY KC to Launch digiSTORY Academy

digistory__logo--roundOn November 28, 2016, the Digital Storytelling Center of Kansas City will open its new digiSTORY Academy in the Connecting for Good facility at 3210 Michigan Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. “This is an exciting and significant step for digiSTORY KC…“ says Ron Green, Executive Director “… because we no longer are dependent on other non-profit programs to provide the equipment and space we need to offer our digital storytelling workshops to kids in KC’s urban core.”

connectingforgoodTom Esselman, CEO of KC’s Connecting for Good, approached the digiSTORY KC organization about collaborating to offer digital storytelling workshops in its space at the facility. “Connecting For Good is expanding its programs for digital education, careers, and life skills in the urban core. We welcome digiSTORY as an exciting partner in the expansion of the beautiful LAMP campus.”

 

A key mission of digiSTORY KC is “to inspire and educate the next generation of digital storytellers.” Although we’re starting with just one classroom, we will now be able to offer after-school, evening, Saturday and week-long summer workshops,” says Green. We invite the public to join us for our Open House on Wednesday, November 30th from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Visitors may drop in any time during that period. Comments from the Executive Director, key partners and the board of directors will be shared at 5:30.

The program launch will include four workshops: two targeted for kids and two targeted for teens and adults:

“We are being very aggressive about this launch,” points out Ron Green. “We are actively seeking to expand our volunteer base to help us meet a demanding schedule of workshops. We also are falling short of the equipment and materials needed to function at the level of quality we desire for our workshops. Donations could never be more timely for our organization than right now. We believe that our leap of faith to move the program forward will be alleviated by the demand we have heard from parents for after-school programs that are fun for kids yet meet their needs for enhanced digital literacy.”

During digiSTORY KC’s first two years, it focused primarily on serving kids in KC’s urban core through partnerships with organizations like Operation Breakthrough. The board of directors recently voted to implement a new strategy that now encourages collaboration between underserved kids from the urban core with kids from outside of the urban core. The goal is to help kids from different cultural backgrounds to collaborate on projects that will help them appreciate the talent and innovation of their fellow team members. “Digital media is one of the most collaborative industries around,” cites Green. “Just look at a movie’s credits and you’ll get a sense of how dependent the production is on talented people working together effectively. By encouraging kids from within and outside of KC’s urban core to work together, we hope not only to bridge KC’s “digital divide” but also its “cultural divide.”

Because digiSTORY is a relatively new non-profit organization, winning funding support from area firms and foundations has been a challenge. digiSTORY KC hopes to meet workshop program expenses by charging modest workshop fees for those who can afford to pay them while waiving fees for those from families facing financial hardships.

“By offering our expanded workshop program, we hope to meet two key goals for our digiKIDS KC program: 1) to enhance the digital literacy of area kids, and 2) to introduce kids to STEAM-based career opportunities in digital media. These careers can provide rewarding professions while helping to fill the future needs of Kansas City’s robust digital storytelling industry.