digiSTORY KC

 

This video was filmed and produced by Jessica Albina, a senior in Avila University’s Visual Communications program.  Jessica served as a summer intern and supported our summer workshops.  Jessica is a talented digital storyteller with creative ideas and an eye for great camera shots.  Jessica was a great partner during our summer workshops.  She was great at working with children and brought great mentoring and guidance to our summer workshop program.  Thanks, Jessica for your great work this summer.  I hope you will enjoy learning about digiSTORY KC as you view Jessica’s video.


Showcase Your Greatness

This social media course is designed to help you showcase your special talents and abilities for prospective colleges and employers.  During the course, you will create your own website and learn how to use its capabilities to get the attention and admiration of people who are important to your educational and career success.   The 6-hour course includes lunch and covers the following topics:

  • Principles of marketing yourself and your brand through social media
  • Creating and programming a professional and interesting website
  • Telling a compelling story using eye-catching graphics, animation, and targeted wording
  • Keeping the story fresh and updated with blogs and other techniques

You will get to share and critique each others’ efforts and you will leave with a product that will blow away employers and school administrators with your skills, talents and creativity!

This workshop is recommended for teens and young adults. The class is designed to help participants create materials that they can use as part of a job or school application. However, any person who wants to “shine” through media is welcome to attend.  


Maker Faire KC 2017 Was Great!

digiSTORY KC hosted an interactive booth at Kansas City’s Maker Faire held on June 24th & 25th at Union Station. The booth featured a live Claymation artist and lots of hands-on experiences for visitors.https://vimeo.com/223598537

 

The highlight of the exhibit was the opportunity to view artist, Jeff Daly, in action as he sculpted humorous clay characters and photographed successive changes in movement and expression in the Zu3D stop-motion animation software that we use during our workshops. Visitors could observe how these gradual changes in expression would make the character come to life as Jeff played back the frames he had captured to that point. To see the result of Jeff’s work on his bear character on day 1, click here. Jeff also created cute rabbit and bear characters and displayed them in their component pieces so that children could experience the process of creating appealing clay characters. Jeff worked as a humor writer and artist for over forty years at Hallmark Cards. He is a regular contributor to digiSTORY KC programs.

 

Kids could also create paper animation toys that illustrate how single images combine to create the illusion of movement. They could cut out and form a thaumatrope—a paper disk with a picture of a yellow monster on one side and a cage on the opposite side. When they attach a string to each side and spin the thaumatrope, the monster appears to be inside the cage. They could also create a simple flipbook. When the pages are flipped rapidly, the images combine to simulate movement.

 

Kids could also experience 3D virtual reality by viewing popular 3D VR apps through a Google Cardboard viewer.

 

Kids and grownups alike enjoyed digiSTORY’s green screen experience. They could pose against a green screen and superimpose a background that showed them in various interesting scenes. For example, couples could appear to be onstage at Dancing With the Stars, kids could appear to be getting a “Salvy splash” or they could appear next to a large pile of cash.

 

Many kids and their families visited the booth and expressed interest in learning more about digiSTORY KC and its programs. Many signed up to be added to our mailing lists so that they could be notified of upcoming classes and workshops. If you would like to be added to that list, please contact Ron Green at rgreen@digistory.org


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


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 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 2: Story Producing

This is the second of 3 workshop sessions on using LEGO® objects to create a stop-motion animation.  In Session 2, 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. 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 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.

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.


CLAYMATION FOUNDATION 4: Editing & Publishing Claymation

This is the fourth of four workshop sessions for the Claymation Animation series.

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 Claymation production piece is final, the student will be able to publish the story to digiSTORY KC’s YouTube where links can be shared with family and friends.  This workshop is open for kids ages 9 – 16.

Students who complete the Claymation animation requirements will earn a Claymation Animation badge from LRNG-KC:

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

Monday, March 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 “thaumatrope,” a simple flipbook and will be able to explain how animation is affected by different frame rates. Participants will also use digiSTORY KC’s story development model to create a storyboard.

Tuesday, March 7th: 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 Claymation frames.  Students will also be able to use Zu3D animation software to create their Claymation story. Students will work with teammates to create a storyboard of their Claymation story.

Wednesday, March 8th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Image Capture for Claymation: 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, March 9th: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

  • Editing & Publishing Claymation: 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 Claymation 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.