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Get Set! Building Movie Sets for Stop Motion Animation

In this one-hour workshop class, we’re going to learn about how to build sets that will help you do a better job capturing frames to bring your ideas to life as stop motion animation.
Ben Erlandson, Ph.D.
40 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 5 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
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Class Experience

Students will learn basic concepts of set design for stop motion animation test shooting, including flexibility of arrangement, stability of placement, how to prepare for making objects move through a scene, and how to think about camera angles from one set to the next.
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 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 currently on the festival circuit and has already started winning awards: most recently Best Experimental Film at the Frostbite International Online Film Festival.
There is no homework assigned before or after this one hour class.
Any stop motion animation app is appropriate for this class, but students do not need to download any apps to follow along with the class. Students can use any materials available on hand in their homes to practice animation techniques during and after this class (e.g., dolls, model cars, legos, coffee mugs, building blocks, cardboard boxes, coins, etc.)
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
In this single-session practice 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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