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Stop-Motion Animation

January 25, 2018 — March 22, 2018

Thursdays | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | 9 Sessions



Looking to put some animation mojo into your creative practice? Come try your hand at some of the methods and techniques of stop-motion. Using a DSLR camera and Dragonframe software (provided), explore basic concepts of animated motion and experiment with a variety of dimensional animation approaches. The class will feature hands-on fabrication and animating sessions, screenings of technique samples, group feedback and individual coaching. Create a series of short animated sequences in different styles and have the option to expand one or more into a longer individual project. The class will also visit a local stop motion animation facility.



Animation principles for stop motion

Camera set-up and working with Dragonframe tools

Simple sets and lighting

Composition, shot framing, use of color and detail

Animating everyday objects

Clay metamorphosis


Replacement animation

Straight-Ahead vs. Key Frame motion design

Sand animation

Making and animating flat puppets

Basic foil and wire puppets

Get Instructor feedback and coaching for your work


Tuition includes access to Film Center stop motion stations.

Students to provide their own basic tools (scissors, pliers, etc.) at estimated cost of $30-$65.


Prerequisites: none

Please note this class is intended for adults.