The Center for Book Arts is offering a brand new, incredibly exciting class: Stop Motion Animation Film-making with the Altered Book That’s right. Book-making and movie-making combined in one! Amazing!
The Good School brings us a two day workshop that combines stop motion animation film-making with the altered book. During the first session, students will be introduced to professional grade stop motion animation software DragonFrame (used by the Tim Burton and the like) and will learn the basics of stop motion animation filmmaking. Whilst animating, students will experiment with book altering processes such as cutting, folding, sewing, tearing and even burning. Session Two provides an opportunity for students to move into more specific areas of interest and to bring in personal projects or works-in-progress. All of the footage will be edited into a beautiful collaborative film by TGS, will be posted on our Vimeo site and will be shared with the students and the Center. The class will take place on April 19th and 20th, Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. You can sign up here!
The Good School is a mobile arts education school that cultivates commercial and traditional art making skills and technological understanding via stop motion animation film-making. For anyone who is unaware, stop-motion is a movie making technique in which multiple photographs are taken of objects, which are moved slightly in between each frame, to give the illusion of continuous motion. Stop motion was first used in 1897 in the Humpty Dumpty Circus, which depicted acrobat and animal toys magically coming to life. Stop motion was used in the mid 1990’s as a special effects technique in the pre-CGI world. Classic scenes in the original Star Wars movies and shots in the Terminator movie are among the many films to employ this method. After the development of computer generated special effects, stop motion remained popular, due to the lower cost, improved texture, and primarily to the evident artistry. The technique has been utilized in thousands of movies and television shows, more recently including The Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline, Robot Chicken, and The Fantastic Mr. Fox. You can learn more and watch Good School’s videos (Vimeo videos won’t imbed into our blogging format) at http://thegoodschoolnyc.com. And now, enjoy some stellar examples of stop motion video!
This video by the GAME OVER project utilizes humans in a way only possible with stop motion, created a very fun interpretation of the game Tetris. And they also have a pretty great video for PAC-MAN, using the same technique if you’re interested.
Western Spaghetti by PES is imaginative, very well-made, and has super-pleasing sound effects.
And, finally, Wallace and Gromit. Because they are the best.
So sign up for this amazing class and learn how to use altered books to make your very own stop motion videos!!