LOTR Rotoscope Project

In July, we are offering two mini camps, for students age between 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 the session 1, we will recreate a scene from The Lord of the Rings with Lego, faithfully reproducing frame by frame in a technique called rotoscoping. We will have a few scenes to choose from, one of which is the beginning of this scene where Frodo is attacked by Shelob, the giant spider.

This is not for the faint of heart. It will require patience, attention to details, and cooperation. 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!

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 Lego animation clip to prove it.

The class is limited to four, so register early.

Dates: Monday, July 7 through Thursday, July 10

Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm

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

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New Youtube Channel for Saturday Arts Lab

Our classes at Saturday Arts Lab on the campus of SUNY New Paltz are off to a good start! We’ve been making a lot of clips every week. We have created a Youtube channel showcasing every single clip made by the students. Check it out!

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We Have Moved!


Flick Book Studio begins the year 2014 in a new home! We have closed the Rt.212 studio, and moved into a barn near Opus 40 in Saugerties. Starting in February, all kids’ classes will be offered through other partners (first through Saturday Arts Lab at SUNY New Paltz, with a few more locations coming soon).

This barn will be used for our popular One Day Intensives, collaborations, classes for teens and adults, and project-based sessions. In the new studio, most animation will be produced with a Canon DSLR, Macbook Pro, Dragonframe Stopmotion, and Final Cut Pro with professional results.

The barn is located in the middle of old farmland which offers privacy and a beautiful backdrop for unleashing your creativity. We hope you’ll contact us to experiment with stop-motion animation in this new studio.

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FBS at SUNY New Paltz Saturday Arts Lab


Flick Book Studio is evolving! Starting February 2014, all kids classes will be offered through other community organizations. Our first partner is Saturday Arts Lab at SUNY New Paltz, a community arts program offered by their art department. SAL is equipped with more than 20 iMacs and Macbooks, and they have purchased several webcams just for our classes! We are super excited that, by teaching through established institutions like SUNY, we’ll be able to teach larger groups with enough equipment for each student to make his/her own clip without having to wait for a turn.

This spring, we are offering an eight-week session for younger students in the morning (10am–12pm) and for older students in the afternoon (1pm–3:30pm). The session runs from February 22 through April 12. Full and partial scholarships are available.

Course description:

In addition to the above curricula, we have special projects in planning—collaborations with Lagusta’s Luscious and Dog on Fleas!


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Workshops, adult/teen classes, collaboration, and project-based sessions will take place in our new studio, located near Opus 40 in Saugerties. Other locations for kids’ classes will be coming soon.


Sweet Treats for SAL Classes

In the upcoming classes in Saturday Arts Lab at SUNY New Paltz, we are planning special projects. The eight-week-long sessions at SAL are long enough that we can cover various techniques in stop-motion animation as described in Introduction and Intermediate Class description, and work on larger projects. So, we asked our friends, Lagusta of Lagusta’s Luscious and Dean Jones of Dog on Fleas, if we could do a little collaboration with them.


Lagusta’s Luscious is an amazing vegan chocolate shop based in New Paltz. Her shop has been featured in numerous media since its inception in 2003. In their words, “Lagusta’s Luscious artisanal chocolates combine a deep commitment to social justice, environmentalism and animal rights with the love of bold flavor of a true foodie and the obsessive commitment to artisan techniques of a chocolatier.” She is one of the many women entrepreneurs in the Hudson Valley I admire, and is sure to inspire our young budding artists.

For the spring session, the older students will be making animation around Lagusta’s beautiful chocolates (this is optional—they can also choose to work on their own projects). It could be a story about fair trade; it could be a movie about how chocolates are made; or could be just a visually delicious animation. She will have sweet rewards for their hard work at the end of the session!


Dean Jones is a member of the beloved Dog on Fleas, our local music band. He is also a grammy-winning producer and a very funny guy! He has two fun tracks from Dog on Fleas’ new CD that could use a little animation. Our morning younger class will take a crack at it! (Again, as an option—the students can choose to work on their own project.)

All final projects will be shown at a public presentation at the end of the session.


Summer Intro and Intermediate Classes

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We are offering one Introduction to Animation session and one Intermediate Animation session this summer. The intro session is offered in two full days (9:30–3:15), on July 22nd and July 23rd. The intermediate session is on July 24th and 25th.
Space is limited, so please contact us soon if you are interested.

The cost is $130 for one session (2 days), $260 for both sessions (4 days)

Description of Introduction Classes

Description of Intermediate Classes