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Singer/Songwriter Jack Johnson makes his own music video using stop-motion
By Peter Chiapperino: a concert photographer in Lexington, Kentucky - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34487362

By Peter Chiapperino: a concert photographer in Lexington, Kentucky - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34487362

One of the things we love about stop-motion is that anyone can do it just about anywhere!!! Jack Johnson's "My Mind is For Sale" is a perfect example of this idea. He used his iPhone, an animation app and the help of his kids to create a stop-motion piece. In the video he builds up his lyrics written on blocks and then knocks them down. You can watch the video, read about the project and learn more about Johnson's up coming album by checking out Rolling Stone's article here.

Click below to watch the video on vevo.com

http://vevo.ly/AaaaFo

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Crowd funded stop-motion short to debut in Switzerland

Move over Kickstarter, GoFundMe and IndieGoGo. This stop-motion short used the French based crowd-funding platform Kiss Kiss Bank Bank.  La Femme Canon or The Cannonball Woman was 106% crowd funded when it's campaign ended on April 21, 2017. 

A story about a love that stands the test of time, the short was produced by Hélium Films (Switzerland), Parmi les lucioles Films (France), and the NFB, in co-production with RTS Radio Télévision Suisse. The Locarno International Film Festival runs August 2-12, 2017. The film is the latest collaboration between producer Claude Barras and the NFB, which co-produced some of Barras’s animated shorts prior to the release of his animated feature film My Life as a Zucchini, a 2017 Oscar nominee.

Much of the information is in French, but that's why Facebook has a translate feature!! Check out their Facebook page here. If you prefer English, you can also read more about this project by visiting Animation World Network's post.

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Stop-motion inspired video game

Although this isn't the first video game to use stop-motion in game play, it's certainly drawing attention. In a world where CGI is slowly becoming the norm, this game takes some steps back while still using modern technologies.  Harold Halibut is a new video game looking for your crowd funding help.

Dive into this nautic adventure as curiosity will guide you through a space ship wreck on an unknown planet made up of water. When one of the lead scientists still on board tries to unriddle the possibility of a relaunch young Janitor Harold is around to assist her. Join Harold in his clumsy undertakings to stir up the ark-like ship’s stale day-to-day life and find the secrets that lie behind its doors.

Underwater atmosphere, self-reflective humor and contemporary adventure mechanics make up the foundation of this  game created entirely out of craft supplies.

Harold Halibut started out as a dinner table conversation about the adventure games we played as children. We soon started building dollhouse sized sets and puppets in our bedrooms. The result works like a game but it looks like a stop motion film. Welded metal, carefully sewn textiles against tiny wooden floorboards and clay faces the size of walnuts pull the player into Harolds world.

Learn more about this project by watching the trailer below and click here to read an in depth article from Fast Company.

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American Girl featured in this stop-motion Amazon Prime special

An American Girl Story: Summer Camp Friends for Life will debut June 9th on Amazon Prime. Check out more details below.

MIDDLETON, Wis., April 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lights, camera, action! Today, American Girl brings its popular stop-motion vlogger character, Z Yang, to life for millions of fans who have come to know and love her as the star of the company's popular web series, Z's Crew. Inspired by the American Girl Stop Motion (AGSM) phenomenon, the series has garnered more than three million views on YouTube and continues to draw a large fan base.

Z (short for Suzie) is a Korean American hailing from Seattle, and is the latest addition to American Girl's new series of contemporary characters and stories designed to speak to more girls' interests, backgrounds, and experiences. Through Z, girls get to learn more about this creative young filmmaker who loves staying connected with friends and sharing a good story through her stop motion videos. Z's adventures unfold in a two-book series, The Real Z and Z on Location, as well as an Amazon Original Special, An American Girl Story: Summer Camp Friends for Life, scheduled to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on June 9, 2017.

Z Yang, an imaginative filmmaker from Seattle, is the latest addition to American Girl's new line of contemporary characters.

Z jumps from the screen to beautiful 18-inch doll, featuring long dark-brown hair, warm brown eyes, and a beauty mark on her left cheek. The Z doll comes dressed in her signature outfit, along with the first book in the series. The full Z product collection includes several creatively-inspired doll outfits and accessories that reflect her filmmaking interests, such as a wooden fold-out desk—complete with a chair and several pretend video-making supplies like a laptop and video monitor, as well as her own filming accessories like a camera, smartphone, and tripod, to name a few.

The Z books, published by Scholastic and written by author Jen Calonita, introduce readers to Suzie "Z" Yang and her vlog, Z's Crew, which she created to share her passion about stop motion animation and ended up making friends all over the world. Now, she's taking a shot at her dream of becoming a true filmmaker by participating in a film festival documentary contest. Outside of her comfort zone and under the stress of trying to be a real filmmaker, Z loses sight of why she liked making movies in the first place. And, with a little help from her crew, she discovers that to be a real filmmaker, she'll first have to be her real self.

Other Z-related initiatives being held throughout the year include the following:

  • Z Online and Digital Play: Girls can visit the Z-dedicated site at americangirl.com/play/zcrew/ for free book excerpts, stop motion and product videos, activities, wallpaper and e-cards, and much more.
  • Z Retail Events: Starting April 27, American Girl stores are hosting Z's Debut Event, where girls will get a first look at her full product collection, plus channel their inner director with a special giveaway, featuring a doll-sized movie clapboard and director visor. Girls will also be able to make their own stop-motion film with a Z-themed paper doll craft. For more details on the in-store events, visit americangirl.com/retail.
  • Amazon Original Special: An adaptation of American Girl's stories about Z, the live-action special, An American Girl Story: Summer Camp Friends for Life, will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on June 9, 2017.

The Z collection is available on April 27, 2017, through American Girl's catalogue; at americangirl.com; at all American Girl retail locations nationwide; and at the American Girl brand store at Amazonwww.amazon.com/americangirl. Outside of the U.S, Z products are available at American Girl specialty boutiques at select Indigo™ and Chapters™ in Canada. The Z books can also be purchased through retail and online booksellers.

To learn more about Z and other new American Girl characters debuting throughout 2017, go to americangirl.com, Facebook at facebook.com/americangirl, Twitter at twitter.com/american_girl, Pinterest at pinterest.com/agofficial, and American Girl's Instagram page at instagram.com/americangirlbrand. To request an American Girl catalogue, call 1-800-845-0005.

ABOUT AMERICAN GIRL
American Girl is a premium brand for girls and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT, www.mattel.com), a creations company that inspires the wonder of childhood. Headquartered in Middleton, WI, American Girl offers an inspiring world of dolls, content, and experiences that nourish a girl's spirit and help develop her strength of character. Best-selling lines include Truly Me™, Girl of the Year™, Bitty Baby™, WellieWishers™, and the classic historical character line BeForever™. The company sells products through its award-winning catalogue, on americangirl.com, in its proprietary U.S. experiential retail stores, and at select specialty retailers nationwide. Outside of the U.S., American Girl products are sold in specialty boutiques at select Indigo™ and Chapters™ in Canada and El Palacio de Hierro locations in Mexico City. By inspiring girls to be their best, American Girl has earned the loyalty of millions and the praise and trust of parents and educators.

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-girl-debuts-new-contemporary-character-z-yang-a-filmmaker-who-tells-stories-through-her-own-creative-lens-300446829.html

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Wes Anderson's new movie, Isle of Dogs, has a release date

We Anderson's next project, Isle of Dogs, now has a North American release date of April 20, 2018.

This marks the first project for Wes Anderson since The Grand Budapest Hotel, which earned nine Oscar nominations and took home four. Set in Japan, ISLE OF DOGS follows a boy's odyssey in search of his dog. This film also sees a return to stop-motion animation for Anderson. His last stop-motion feature was Fantastic Mr. Fox starring the voices of George Clooney and Meryl Streep.

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Written by: Wes Anderson

Produced by: Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson

Cast: F. Murray Abraham, Bob Balaban, Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig, Jeff Goldblum, Akira Ito, Scarlett Johansson, Harvey Keitel, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Mari Natsuki, Yojiro Noda, Kunichi Nomura, Edward Norton, Yoko Ono, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Fisher Stevens, Tilda Swinton, Akira Takayama, Courtney B. Vance, Frank Wood

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Art teacher that uses stop-motion and other innovative techniques is up for Teacher of the Year

West Jefferson Elementary Art Teacher, Adam Gebhardt, is one of 12 finalists recently nominated for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year 2018.

Gebhardt is using art to create experiences beyond simple drawing or painting. He is the Program Leader and Grant Writer for SpotEd Media which "implements video as a means for instruction, creative expression, discovery, and developing digital literacy."

Gebhardt wrote a grant to acquire tons of Lego bricks which students then used to created stop-motion animation videos. He also worked up a grant to purchase a 3D printer which he has turned in to an online club for students to have access at home. 

Well done Mr. Gebhardt and we hope you continue to innovate and give opportunities to students!!!

 

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And the winners are.....

Friday's Goldfish Tales Animation Experience event winners have been selected!

April 21st gave us the winning 4 video entires in the Pepperidge Farms Goldfish animation contest. The winning videos can be seen above were chosen from 4 different categories: Best Use of Goldfish, Best Story, Best Film by Up and Coming Animators and Best Overall Film. Entries were submitted by the end of February earlier this year and were narrowed down to the top 12 (3 in each category). Congrats to all the winners and finalists!

Find out the winners of the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish® Colors Contest tonight!

Tonight, April 21, at 7 p.m. EST there will be an animation celebration!!!

Image from goldfishsmiles.com

Back in early January Pepperidge Farm announced an animation contest using their beloved aquatic shaped crackers, Goldfish. Tonight four grand prizes will be awarded in which each recipient will receive $5,000.00. There are currently twelve nominees that received a gift bag consisting of an Animation Xperience cinch bag, Goldfish® Colors crackers, an octopus style portable and adjustable tripod and a Stoopid Buddy Stoodios DVD.

To enter the contest, participants had to create a 60-second animated video starring Goldfish crackers and upload it to YouTube. Then in March, all submissions were reviewed by an independent judging committee that included a member of the New York International Children's Film Festival and a Goldfish brand representative.

The submissions were then grouped in to four different categories:

  • "Best Use of Goldfish" - This award will go to a film that showcases our little smiling movie stars in the most creative or amusing way. 
  • "Best Story" - This award will go to a film with the most compelling storyline whether it be funny, dramatic, thrilling—or all three. 
  • "Best Film by Up-and-Coming Animators" - This award will go to a film that might not be the most polished, but shows incredible enthusiasm all the same! 
  • "Best Overall Film" - This award will go to a film that combines multiple elements (technique, originality, and effort, etc.) resulting in the best overall final product.

This evening those 12 nominees will be narrowed down to pick the 4 grand prize winners, one from each category. If you're looking for a fun family Friday night, then tune in at www.goldfishsmiles.com at 7pm. You can also watch the 12 nominees (3 in each category) now!

The countdown is on!

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Kickstarter Campaign uses Stop-motion For STEM education

Intellisense from Budapest, Hungary is kickstarting a product aimed to teach children different science concepts through stop-motion movie making!

Images from Intellisense Kickstarter campaign

Images from Intellisense Kickstarter campaign

Intellisense, a software technology specialist company, focuses on STEM subjects and ways to teach/learn science though different software. They are most known for products like LabCamera, Matek, Fizika and ClapMotion. Cut N’ Learn is a brand new product line that the Intellisense team has been really excited to work on and bring to the market. Here is what they have to say about Cut N' Learn:

Children are fascinated about movie making and animation creation which gives the idea to integrate stop motion animation into Science education. We provide ready-to-go animation kits to children, with which they can create spectacular animations in a very short time, within 30 minutes.

With the help of these Stop Motion Science kits, children can learn about different science topics while they animate and have fun without even realizing that they are learning. The kits contain all the necessary elements, scientific explanations and an innovative stop motion app with a built in image stabilization system allowing kids to snap pictures from hand, instead of using a holder, eliminating one of the pain points of stop motion.

We love anything to do with stop motion and are thrilled that this company is finding a fun and innovative way to use stop-motion to educated children. Please consider making a contribution to their Kickstarter campaign here!!!

Watch their Kickstarter video on our Daily Animation page!!!

Massachusetts based company hosts a stop-motion workshop!

North Andover CAM, a broadcasting and media production company, is hosting a stop-motion animation workshop this week through April 21st.

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Located in North Andover, MA the company is focused on giving those in their local community opportunities to create their own video and multimedia content. Once of the ways they are doing that is through a week long stop-motion animation workshop. Below is an overview of the class from their event on Facebook.

April Vacation - Stop Motion Animation Workshop
Learn how to animate using classic stop motion techniques and create your very own cartoon.
Sign up early! Workshops fill up fast!
All production materials are included, but feel free to bring extra materials you might want to use. Like lego, action figures, barbies, art supplies, etc.
This workshop will run during April Vacation.
April 17th - 21st
10am - 2pm
Pricing
Members - $40
Non-members - $40
This workshop is for grades 4 through 8
Email Susan at Smartin@northandovercam.org or call the studio at (978)687-6570 for more information.

Visit their Facebook page to learn more about the company and see some pics of the workshop.

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