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August 2, 2021 – August 6, 2021

Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 10 a.m. - Noon

Instructor: John Summerson

Location: Online

This short course will cover the basic principles of stop motion animation and will provide participants the essential skills needed to create their own animated films using a simple (and mobile!) setup. We will discuss how to create different kinds of animated movement, experiment with some different materials (objects, drawings, our homes, ourselves!), and watch plenty of films. Participants are encouraged to think creatively about what we choose to animate. How can we experiment with our materials and methods to tell different stories? What can a coffee mug say that a cookie jar cannot? The course is designed for participants with little-to-no animation experience, but those who do have some experience will be prompted to create more complex works. More than anything, we’ll have fun watching films, discussing animation techniques, and making films!

Materials Participants will need to have available/acquire:
1. An Android or iOS smartphone
2. The Stop Motion Studio app by Cateater (this is free). Available on Google Play or Apple
3. A phone tripod with Bluetooth remote control (~$20 on Amazon. Here’s a good example)
4. A clear work surface (a sturdy table or desk — preferably not carpet)
5. For the first day, a pile of beans! (These could be jellied or dried — you’re welcome to bring something similar, like dried pasta or coins. We’re looking for a small pile of similarly-sized objects.)
6. A Google Drive account (for sharing our films!)
7. Access to additional materials of your choice (clay, paper, charcoal are great options — we’ll discuss this further in class)
8. A roll of blue painter’s tape.

Dates: August 2, 4, 6 | 10am – Noon & August 9 | 10am – 11am
Tuition: $185
Ages: 14 – 19 years of age
Instructor: John Summerson


This class is in: Classes, Youth Classes, Summer Camps

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.