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What is Stop Motion Animation?

Stop Motion Animation is a technique used in animation to bring static objects to life on screen. This is done by moving the object in increments while filming a frame per increment. We will be animating 12 pictures per frame, which means 1 second of animation contains 12 pictures. When all the frames are played in sequence it shows movement. Clay figures, puppets and miniatures are often used in stop motion animation as they can be handled and repositioned easily. Kids stop motion animation is great fun for all the family.

Famous stop motion animations : Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Coraline, Chicken Run, Paranorman, Isle of Dogs, Missing Link, The BoxTrolls

Why attend the workshop?

  • Interactive online workshop where kids will be able to share ideas with each other and their work, hang out together on line encouraging teamwork and productivity, all in a supervised environment.
  • Kids can develop their passion in early stages of their development and this is a great opportunity to learn about animation in a fun and entertaining way. 
  • Kids from the age of 7 have a desire for increased independence and to be seen as intelligent and knowledgeable. We will give the kids motivation and direct their energy into bringing their ideas and imagination to life. At the end of the workshop they will have produced their first short stop motion animation movie.
  • Young kids need physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. In the workshop they will develop their motor skills by practising modelling with playdough thus stimulating their brain by being creative and technical.

What You’ll learn

  • Broadening your knowledge of stop motion animation
  • How to implement an idea from your imagination into a finished product
  • Shoot and edit animation sequences
  • Use traditional methods and the latest technology to create new visual effects
  • Boost creativity and artistry
  • Develop love for storytelling and film
  • Dedication and perseverance
  • Develop flair for creative software applications

Requirements

Laptop/computer Mac or Windows based (Can be phone based but ideally using a computer)

Webcam

No special software requirements as all is cloud based

Tape to secure the web cam

Playdough/Plasticine

Solid and flat place to animate and model

Bright spot or Light source ( ideally a lamp but you can use daylight )

Description

Kids will learn all about stop motion animation, they will build all the models and elements for animating. They will learn how to animate and edit video and sound. They will also add some visual effects to their animation. At the end of the workshop they will have created their own production, a short stop motion animation film. In the process they will learn skills that they can now use in their own free time for future productions. Stop motion animation is fun and easy for everyone. This course will focus on entertaining the kids and they will learn how to use the software for stop motion as well as learn about principles of animation. They will gain skills to make a film themselves or with friends at any time. This workshop will boost kids creativity, computer skills and photo editing as well as camera skills. Students explore their own creativity through free play time. They will be able to build unique creations and make these animations outside of the art room. This will encourage teamwork and socialisation. An interactive workshop with instant results that kids can show to their parents, to each other or someone else.

Who This Workshop is For

  • This workshop is ideally for kids from 7 years old onwards. This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn about stop motion animation or just wants to have fun making a short movie. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or you already know something about it, everyone is welcome. The workshop will be fun and easy!
  • If there is more than one child at home in the family, they can work together, only one fee per household is required.
  • If there is a younger child they can work with their siblings.
  • Minimal materials are required for this.

Workshop Content

Introduction

  •     Getting to know me and each other
  •     Examples of stop motion films
  •     The Irish film and animation industry
  •     Behind the scenes of big stop motion productions

Modelling & Software

  •   Introduction to the Cloud Stop Motion, its use and options
  •   How to model with clay and prepare a scene

Animating

  • Principles of Animation
  • How to animate
  • Shooting the sequence
  • Adding sound and sound effects
  • Adding visual effects
  • Exporting the production

Showcase

  • Whoever wants to share their animation with the group

Instructor

Hi! My name is Milica and you can call me Millie 😊 I am a student at IT Tralee, currently in my 3rd year of studies and I will be doing the stop motion animation workshop with you. I am studying animation, visual effects and motion design. For the past 2 years I have been leading the “Steaming Ahead” and “Steaming Online” Summer Camps in IT Tralee. Examples of my college work can be seen on the YouTube Channel. I am looking forward to meeting you all and doing some stop motion animation!