Stop Motion Papercut Animation Class Date: November 14th
From the humble flip-book to full-blown animation, moving images have always captured our imagination. Papercuttings have been used in this medium for more than 100 years, including the oldest surviving feature animation The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), written and directed by German papercutting artist and filmmaker Lotte Reiniger. While Reiniger took three years to complete her film, you can achieve something magical in a MUCH shorter time! Bringing your papercuts to life through a short stop motion clip or video can be an exciting new way for people to discover and interact with your work. It doesn’t have to be a grand production to be absolutely captivating.
In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll learn the basics of making your own stop motion movie, explore some free apps that make the process a breeze, and emerge with a short clip that you can send out to your friends, fans, and followers and post on your website or Instagram. Where you go from there is up to you!
Participants will be provided with templates to cut out ahead of time so we can focus on the techniques for making the actual movies. You’re welcome to use your own designs, as well. Participants will also be given links to free stop motion apps so we can hit the ground running!
Materials: Animation template, blades or scissors of your choice, paper of your choice, smart phone capable of loading newer apps, tripod or some way to stabilize your phone over a table or lightboard, good lighting. Some ring lights have a stable phone attachment and can be adjusted to bend over a table, but I have literally taped my phone to a yard stick, perched the yard stick on a stack of books, and held it in place with a potted plant, so don’t feel the need to go out and buy things! (NOTE: If you don’t have a smartphone, you can still accomplish stop motion using still photography. It’s just a longer process, but not impossible if you have something like iMovie on your computer.)
Time/Day: Sunday, November 14, 2-4pm EDT, 11am-1pm PST, 7-9pm BST
Zoom link emailed before workshop. All payments for classes are non-refundable (unless a class is canceled). Class is $35 for non-members; Members $30, with discount (use code GAP15 as you check out).