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!
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
Topics not covered:
- Details of model-making
- Advanced timing and movement
- Postproduction (covered in a separate workshop)
Dates: August 23 and 24
Time: 9am to 4pm
Registration is limited to five. Deposit of $50 is required at the time of registration.
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We have our first music video, Sugar. It was commissioned by the groovy pop/rock band, Spiral Up Kids. It is composed of animation clips made by 7 artists—Damon Wolf, Gideon Schwartz, Dante Hutchison, Hayes Terzia, Suika Sono-Knowles, Diggy Lessard, and Harrison O’Clair, ages 10 to 12 (at the time of production).
Some of the clips were made during an after-school program at Woodstock Day School two years ago, but many scenes, like the Lego band and most of the claymation, were conceived and created by Damon and Gideon, the creators behind our most popular video, Star Wars: the Brick Wars. We had an intensive marathon of two full days to make the clips, tuition for which was covered by the commission. It was Damon and Gideon’s first paid job as artists!
This project caught an eye of an independent record label based in Seattle. I cannot disclose their name yet, but we may get more commission for music videos. It will be an exciting way to provide scholarships, or for young artists to get paid for their creation. Stay tuned.