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Posted by sarahb2f, on 2008-03-17 10:59:10
best material to use for school children
I'm currently doing some workshops for some deaf children teaching them stop motion.The teacher has asked for pre-prepared sets if possible,to make it as easy as possible for the kids.
What would you use?
I was thinking lego/duplo and maybe fuzzy felt backgrounds?
Any other suggestions?
Posted by leevi, on 2008-03-17 11:42:56
I'd construct the set from chipboard and 2"x2" wood. So that it's sturdy enough for kids to lean on. Then I'd maybe just paint it, or cover with fabric). Kids will move or touch anything/everything on the set. If it's not screwed down it'll move.
I'd keep everything colourful and simple, as the story and movement is bound to be simple as well.
Maybe the focus could be on the quality of puppets etc, to make moving/animating them as easy as possible.
Posted by shmiminashie, on 2008-04-16 11:50:11
I work with children a lot, and I have found that a really simple infinity curve in paper works best. Tape the paper to the wall and the table top, allowing it to curve gently where the wall meets the table. Make sure that the paper area is way bigger than the puppets require, then the kiddies can move the camera around to their hearts content. Next, get some nice watercolour paper, a scissors, spray mount and some foamcore. Draw a variety of "Props" on the paper, working to a basic standard scale. Draw simple trees, phone booths, letter boxes, lamp posts, flowers, cars, houses..whatever you think of..thick black lines, nice and funky drawings...black and white is nice, but the odd bit of ink looks really good under camera...spray mount it all to the foamcore, or card will do, and cut it out. Glue a triangle of card to the base at the back, and tape this to the table to stick it down. This flat theatre style look is similar to the old paddington bear series....
Some of the 2D stuff is actually animated, but you get the idea from the car in the intro bit...problem with little animators is the "dolls house" syndrome, where they spend the allocated class time making unnecessary set detail....give them a plain white paper curve, and a box full of the theatre flat type props, and they will spend less time fretting about making plasticine lamp posts and more time working with their puppet....better yet, spend one session helping them to make the box of props...