BRING TO LIFE YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT IN HISTORY USING STOP MOTION ANIMATION!
Class Fees: $240 or $230 if taking 2 or more classes, can be split into 3 equal payments. Price is for one quarter only.
Mat Fees: $30
Homework: Research and bring to class information about your favorite moment in history from books, newspapers, magazines or websites!
Let your child’s imagination run wild as they bring to life their favorite moment throughout history using stop motion animation!
Gutenberg inventing the printing press, Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, the Wright Brothers first flight, Thomas Edison inventing the electric light bulb, the battle of Gettysburg, Davy Crocket and The Alamo, Lewis & Clarke’s exploration, the famed Pony Express, Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, the Titanic’s only voyage, Neil Armstrong landing on the moon…
Imagine giving your child the opportunity to tell these stories from their very own point of view!
This class is an extraordinary way of combining history, creativity and technology.
Students learn to collaborate, share ideas with their classmates, and listen to different ideas. They learn patience, attention to detail, communication skills, and even some photography! They will learn powerful ways of telling a story that is important to them.
If your child is creative, learning to write, learning to color or draw, has a great imagination, loves listening to stories, watching movies or their favorite TV shows, then they will love this class. If your child prefers working individually, has difficulty sharing ideas and working with others, then this class offers the perfect opportunity and setting for them to try something new.
Students will bring to class an example from a book, newspaper, magazine or website, of their favorite moment in history, which includes research and facts about the event. Each student will share that story with the class – including the details that stand out to them, what they love about it, and their favorite parts. What’s amazing to me is how well each student can understand morals, messages, and lessons from even the most obscure stories!
Once the movie making starts, students can work individually or in groups. They will practice writing out the stories in their own words. They will draw or color their own version of the story, complete with a beginning, middle and end. Next, we will build characters, design and color our sets and backgrounds, create titles, credits, add music and even add their very own voices to their movies. When it’s all complete, I will send each student their movie to share with friends and family. You can even have your very own movie premiere at home!
Each movie usually runs anywhere from 1 to 4 minutes (depending on the number of photographs they take).
In this class, we will also explore the early history of storytelling dating back to cave paintings, through the invention of photography, to filmmakers as traveling showmen and magicians, through the first travelling cinemas, through the injection of story - both accidental and intentional, the emotional connection audiences have with characters on the screen, and why and how that happens, and how that altered the moving image to what it is today - blockbuster extravaganzas!
We will examine the process of filmmaking, including story structure, character development and arc, writing, planning, storyboarding, shot listing, creating characters, world building, creating sets, and photography. While this is specific to filmmaking, this is also the structure of storytelling, and in many ways is an easy way to learn the art of storytelling for any medium.
We will address concepts relating to spatial dimensions, time and movement, depth of field, framing and composition, how sound and color can influence our opinions, both consciously and unconsciously, and how these choices affect both our emotional and visceral experience.
Stop motion animation is a technique by which physical objects appear to be moving on screen. This is done by taking a still photograph, moving the object a little, taking another photograph, moving the object again, and so on… Repeating this process is what creates the illusion of movement. Modern technology has made this process incredibly simple and easy to understand.
Telling a story is a lot of hard work, and extremely rewarding for children.
I have a BA in Film Studies, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production, and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the American Film Institute. I teach film Directing at the Undergraduate level at the Los Angeles Film School, and have been teaching stop motion animation at the primary school level at private schools, public schools, homeschools, in group sessions and even privately for over fifteen years and am amazed at the quality and creativity that comes out of our children’s minds!
I look forward to seeing you in my class!