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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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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!

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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

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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.