Westport Library workshop teaches students stop-motion filmmaking
Updated 12:48 pm, Saturday, February 25, 2017
WESTPORT—A constant haven for creative types, the Westport Library’s most recent offering, a four-day stop-motion filmmaking class, showed just how work intensive it is to make such a production.
Stop-motion is an animation medium where objects are physically manipulated to make it look as if they are moving of their own volition. The puppets are advanced in small steps while a camera captures the movement. The images are then compressed into a movie to make it appear as if the figures are moving faster than they actually are.
Led by stop-motion animator and filmmaker Jhonny Parks, who completed his film “Wound Up” this past summer, the class took a dive into the stop-motion process, going from the starting storyboard to the finished product.
The first class on Tuesday involved a visual demonstration and showcased finished works by Parks.
Westporter Nate Burke, who has always been interested in film and editing, said stop-motion is the perfect mix of both. He enjoyed learning about “the basics of movement and how it works in stop-motion.
“I hope to learn more how to change speeds of objects in the final video,” the middle schooler said.
The biggest challenge for the four-day span is fitting all the guidance into only six hours of instruction, Parks said. From Tuesday to Friday, the students draw a character, build it and bring it to life in a video.
The goal, for Parks, is to show the students “that whatever they envision in their head can actually come to life.
“I think that’s the coolest part of it,” the Bethel resident said.