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digiStory Academy’s Stop-Motion Animation Workshop (meets weekly through 3/26)
March 5, 2018 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Join digiStory Academy for this four-part workshop series to learn stop-motion animation. 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.
Here’s what students will learn each workshop session:
March 5: 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 teammates to create a story using the digiSTORY Model. From this they will create a storyboard for planning their production.
March 12: 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 learn how to use Zu3D animation software to produce their stop-motion story.
March 19: Image Capture for Stop-Motion
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).
March 26: Editing & Publishing Stop-Motion
Students will then use the features of the animation software to edit images, add sound effects 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.