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Vote for Flick Book Studio!

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As the demand for our classes keeps growing, I’ve been looking for ways to expand our studio,  make it more accessible at lower tuition, and offer scholarships. Then I found out about the Chase Mission Main Street Small Business grants. This grant would certainly bring these goals within reach. If you have a Facebook account, please take a moment to vote for Flick Book Studio!

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FBS and Hudson Valley Seed Library at Philadelphia Flower Show

Hudson Valley Seed Library Seedy Shorts Contest Trailer from Flick Book Studio on Vimeo.

We are so excited to be a part of the Philadelphia Flower Show in the booth of the Hudson Valley Seed Library! The theme of the flower show this year is cinema, so Ken Greene of HVSL decided to turn their booth into an animation station! On the outside wall of the booth, they will be showing winning entries from the seed animation contest. The clip above is the open call for the contest that I made with Ken last year.

We’ll post more photos from the flower show as they become available.

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Teen Video Lab

Footsteps from Flick Book Studio on Vimeo.

 

Our summer camp series ended with Video Teen Lab at Kingston Public Library. I was invited to teach a video class in this fantastic library in Kingston, New York, so I combined live action video with stop-motion animation in instruction. The results were incredible. We had eleven teens working in small groups producing four distinctly different videos, but equally creative and original.

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“Dungeon of Horrors” took a full advantage of the creepy basement of this 120-year-old building.

 

My hope was that the students would use the entire library to their advantage and showcase the open and lively nature of this place. Boy did they accomplish that! They used every corner, from the cellar to the garden to the lobby, all without disturbing other patrons. People actually got a kick out of Lego animation taking place right in front of the elevator.

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Hand vs. Book uses hands as characters—a real Youtube material! The creators had so much fun voice recording to the footage.

 

The best thing was that the camp was offered for free, since the program was funded by New York State Council on the Arts. This is why I am hoping to offer more classes through other organizations, since the small size of our operation does not allow for scholarships.

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“Spy Kid 2: the Library Edition” combined a great Lego animation with live action video in a big spy and villain chase through the library.

 

I often say that in teaching, I learn more from my students than they learn from me, but this was specially the case with this camp. Children and youth never cease to amaze me with their creativity and persistence. In just 5 days of 4-hour-sessions, they planned, shot, and edited short videos of their own. All I had to do was give them the tools, show them how to use them, and off they went. This lab was a perfect way to end the perfect July.

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Production still: Footsteps
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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!