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Shelob Attacks!

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Group shot in front of the set of Mordor

Our 2014 summer series of mini camps kicked off with the Lego LOTR project, Shelob Attacks! In four six-hour sessions, students (age 10–12) made a lego version of a scene from the Lord of the Rings where Frodo gets attacked by a giant spider, Shelob.

We imported the original footage into the animation software which broke the scene into 15 frames. The students made the set with Lego, tissue paper, aluminum foil, and wool, although many clips were shot in front of a green screen. They then recreated the footage with Lego, frame by frame. It was not an easy task for kids their age, but they persevered!

Animating Lego in front of a green screen
Animating Lego in front of a green screen

In order to let out their creative energy, they also made their original Lego animation on the side, which was the opposite of the slow, controlled main project—it was wild, fast, and furious!

Making original animation on the side
Making original animation on the side

We used Dragonframe Stopmotion and Canon DSLR T4i to capture the footage, which was edited after the camp in Final Cut Pro.

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Odd Socks Music Video

Odd Socks from Flick Book Studio on Vimeo.

Our latest music video is Odd Socks by Dean Jones, our local Grammy-Award-winning producer and a member of the kids’ rock band, Dog on Fleas. This was an experiment I proposed to Dean, to let us use one of his songs as a project for Saturday Arts Lab at SUNY New Paltz, a community arts program offered by their Art Education department and where Flick Book Studio offered two classes. As we state in our mission, we use stop-motion animation as a way to build connections. Music video is a perfect way for kids to get a taste of having their works and names appear in an “official” context,  and for musicians to gain more exposure through the network of participating kids and parents. Enjoy!

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Summer !

Our summer is packed with animation! In July, we are offering two mini camps, for students between age 12 and 21. They are intended for those who want to learn semi-professional level techniques, using Dragonframe Stop-motion, Final Cut Pro, and a Canon DSLR. In Session One, we will be recreating a scene from the Lord of the Rings with Lego. In Session Two, we will interpret Here It Goes Again, a music video by OK Go, in a variety of materials. Both classes will require patience and attention to details, but the resulting clips will be worth the effort. Each class is limited to four students, but if there are more people interested, we will add additional sessions towards the end of August.

We will also be leading a video-making workshop at Teen Arts Lab in Kingston Public Library. We will combine live action video with stop-motion animation, creating a unique movie of a genre and style of our choice. The good news is, tuition is free! (There is a $20 registration fee.)

In August, a weekend intensive will be offered for advanced teens, college students, and adult artists. In the two-day workshop, participants will learn the basics of stop-motion animation using the same semi-professional set-up as in the July camps described above. This workshop is perfect for those who are interested in the field of digital arts as their possible career path. Stop-motion animation will add a handmade and personal quality to computer animation and live action video, expanding the artist’s repertoire. The two-day intensive is followed by a one-day workshop on postproduction, to complete the production process.

Our One Day Intensive will also take place whenever there are more than three people interested in taking this workshop, in which they will learn everything they need to set up an animation station at home.

Summer is a great time to have fun while learning new skills. Drop us a line!

 

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Postproduction for Stop-motion Animation

In this follow-up class to our summer adult class, we will explore the wonder of postproduction. We will use Final Cut Pro X to fine-tune, enhance, and combine the animation clips to create a finished project.

Topics covered:

  • Color and light correction
  • Working with key frames
  • Adding effects
  • Synching with music
  • Adding sound effects
  • Combining with live-action clips
  • Compositing
  • Publishing

Some knowledge of Final Cut Pro is helpful, but not required.

Date: Saturday, September 6

Time: 9 am to 4 pm

Tuition: $130 ($110 if taken with Animation Weekend Intensive)

Class is limited to five.

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Summer Classes for Advanced Teens, College Students, and Adult Artists

In August, a weekend intensive will be offered for those who want to learn semi-professional level stop-motion animation. This two-day workshop will cover the basic workflow of stop-motion animation using Dragonframe Stopmotion (software used in production of Paranorman and Coraline) and a Canon DSLR. We will make sample animations using various materials in both down-shooting (2D) and side-shooting (3D) setups. Our studio focuses on non-traditional stop-motion animation, that is, anything but model or puppet-based animation, therefore model-making will not be covered.

This workshop is perfect for those who are interested in expanding their repertoire in digital art. Stop-motion animation is a great way to add the handmade quality to digital animation and live action video, giving the work a richer and more personal feel.

To complete the production process, a follow up one-day workshop on postproduction  is offered on September 6.

Topics to be covered:

  • Setting up the animation station
  • Basics of Dragonframe Stopmotion
  • Working with DSLR
  • Common materials used in stopmotion animation
  • Basic workflow
  • Basic timing
  • Basic movement
  • Audio track
  • Working with X-sheet
  • Compositing with green screen
  • Animating in layers
  • Rotoscoping
  • Lighting

Topics not covered:

  • Details of model-making
  • Lip-synching
  • Advanced timing and movement
  • Postproduction (covered in a separate workshop)

Dates: August 23 and 24

Time: 9am to 4pm

Tuition: $240

Registration is limited to five. Deposit of $50 is required at the time of registration.

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Teen Video Lab at Kingston Library

Teen Video Lab Trailer from Flick Book Studio on Vimeo.

 

In an ongoing effort to offer classes through area organizations, we will be teaching a workshop on video-making at Teen Arts Lab in the Kingston Public Library this summer. We will make our own storyline, write a script, plan the shoots, work on storyboards, shoot, and edit. We’ll combine live action video with stop-motion animation to add a magical touch. Any genre or style is possible, from music video to short movie, from horror to comedy—the focus is on the fun!

Dates: Monday, July 28 through Friday, August 1

Time: 10am to 2pm

Age: 13 to 18

Tuition: free! (There is a $20 registration fee.)

To register, please contact the library.

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OK Go Project

In July, we are offering two mini camps for students between age 12 and 21. They are intended for those who want to learn semi-professional level techniques, using Dragonframe Stop-motion, Final Cut Pro, and a Canon DSLR. In session 2, we will take on the amazing music video of OK Go, Here It Goes Again. We will recreate a part of the video, faithfully reproducing frame by frame in a technique called rotoscoping.

This is not for the faint of heart. We will be spending hours just to make a few seconds of footage. We will analyze every second of the original clip, make sets, plan the shoot, set up lighting and rigs. The good news is that we won’t spend any time editing sounds!

This is an on-going project we will be working on for the next year or two, with different groups of students. Each group decides on the material, technique, and style of the animation. Some may want to do it in clay, while others may want to interpret it with pipe cleaners. With each new group, the clip will become longer and richer with all different interpretations.

Students will learn the workflow of stop-motion animation, basics of filmmaking, become familiar with Dragonframe Stopmotion and Final Cut Pro X, and will have an HD animation clip to prove it.

The class is limited to four, so register early.

Dates: Monday, July 14 through Thursday, July 17

Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm

Tuition: $280 (a deposit of $50 is required at the time of registration)

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