Donna Downey Studios School of Fine Art - Stop Motion Animation Camp

7 year olds - 18 year olds are welcome. Tuesdays from 10am-3pm in November. Each student will learn how to take an idea and turn it into a complete short film. Everyone will have a clear understanding of all the steps and jobs that go into a short film and learn the skills to create on their own moving forward.


Dates: Every Tuesday in November from 10:00am – 3pm. Classes are held on November 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th. Description: Stop motion is an animation technique to make a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. The object is moved in small increments between individually photographed frames, creating the illusion of movement when the series of frames is played as a continuous sequence. Dolls with movable joints or clay figures are often used in stop motion for their ease of repositioning. Not all stop motion requires figures or models; stop motion films can involve anything you can photograph. In this camp, all artists will work as a team to complete all necessary steps of creating a stop motion film. Skills learned in this camp include but are not limited to: writing for film, story board creation, team work, backdrop creation, problem solving, character creation, photography with a digital camera, using a tripod, lighting, importing photos onto computer, editing photos, streaming photos together to create a video, transitions, sound editing, over dubbing vocals, and finalizing film for viewing. Calendar: Tuesday November 4th: introduction to stop motion animation, introduction to digital photography, group brainstorming about storyline, initial tasks listed and jobs assigned, backdrop created. Tuesday November 11th: Characters created, set up filming studio (lighting, backdrop, tripod), and begin photographing. Tuesday November 18th: Import photos, edit photos, and begin video editing. Tuesday November 25th: Audio editing, voice acting, sound effects, finalize editing process, and View short film! Cost: $230 (all supplies included – each camper will leave with a copy of the finished short film.