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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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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