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(Can We) Animate That? [Pitch Your Stories!]

What’s your story? Can we make it happen with stop motion animation? Let’s find out, and how!
Ben Erlandson, Ph.D.
40 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 3 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Great for exploring new interests and different styles of teachers

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Class Experience

Students will learn the relationship between shot, sequence, scene, and story, and how these fit into planning a narrative film of any length.

Students will learn how to articulate their story ideas into manageable animated film productions, as well as the difference between pre-production and production.

Students will become aware of the concepts of storyboarding and shot lists to help organize their shots, sequences, and scenes.
I think stop motion is an excellent combination of the arts, science, math, and technology.  As an art form, it is accessible and approachable to anyone, regardless of background knowledge.

I have been making stop-motion animated films for nearly thirty years, starting at summer camp when I was a middle school student.  I currently run The Wolfbird studios, a learning-focused animation and interactive media studio.  The most recent stop motion animation, created in collaboration with a dance professor at a nearby university, is on the festival circuit and has already started winning awards: most recently Best Experimental Film at the Frostbite International Online Film Festival.

My undergraduate and masters degrees are in multimedia production arts and science.
There is no homework assigned before or after this single session class.

Students have the option of submitting a story idea before the class starts, but it is not required.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
In this single-session demo class, learner progress is assessed informally, and basic verbal feedback is given, based on what the learner does and what kinds of questions he or she may have.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
There is no sensitive content in this class.


Ben Erlandson, Ph.D.Former College Professor, CTO, and Entrepreneur
40 total reviews
27 completed classes

About Me

I teach middle school and high school classes about learning, systems, and technology, including photography, animation, apps, games, and interactive multimedia design.

I have three degrees:
+ B.A. in Multimedia Arts and Sciences from... 
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