Stop-Motion Animation is the process of taking multiple pictures of a still object, flipping them into a movie sequence, and seeing still objects come to life.
You may know a form of stop-motion animation called claymation; claymation is stop-motion animation using clay. Gumby and Pokey, Wallace and Gromit, and Coraline are all stop-motion animation using clay. In our camps, we mostly use LEGO bricks. And stop-motion animation movies using LEGO bricks are called brickfilms.
What Kids Will Learn
Kids will learn stop-motion animation using Stop Motion Pro and Windows Movie Maker software technology.
Have you ever wanted to see your child’s stories come to life? In this class, kids learn how to create a story using stop-motion animation. Similar to a flip book, students take digital pictures and group them together in a time-sequence to produce a motion video. The videos are usually 30 seconds long and can be completed individually or with a group of friends.
We show how to add some Hollywood effects like green-screening (also called chroma key), rig removal, rotoscoping, and time-lapse photography. Campers make multiple movies during the week of camp, perfecting their craft like a true movie director.
Animation projects follow five (5) basic steps:
- Develop an idea
- Create your characters
- Build your background
- Shoot the shots
- Make a movie (compile and edit)
Movies made at camp are sent home with each camper on a complimentary USB flash drive to show what their children created in class.
Who Can Attend
Made specifically for kids ages 9-13, Stop Motion Animation camp is a great introduction into movie production, video editing, and Hollywood effects. No previous animation experience is needed.
Camps are available through the following Ohio metropolitan cities. Click the city name for dates.
- Cincinnati - Anderson, Camp Dennison, Fairfield, Loveland, Madeira, Mason, Montgomery, Springfield Twp
- Columbus - Dublin, Hilliard, New Albany, Pickerington, Powell, Westerville
- Cleveland / Akron - Beachwood, Brecksville, Brunswick, Fairlawn, Green, Medina, Middleburg Hts, Solon, Westlake
Mission to Mars Camp Adventure
Starting this summer 2013, our technology camps are themed adventures. This means our entire curriculum has been revitalized around a kid-friendly central topic. For summer 2013, our adventure is Mission to Mars!
Since we just landed on Mars, summer 2013 is appropriate that we focus on Space Exploration, and what better way than with a Mission to Mars! Video games will have planets, space ships, and aliens. LEGO robots will include land rovers that retrieve rocks from the Mars surface. Stop-motion movies will highlight past accomplishments like landing on the moon.