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Stop-Motion

Sorry this has taken me a while to upload, busy busy!

This is the “There’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s” project we did the night before Thanksgiving…

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Just thought I would share some blogs I like to visit with you all before our class comes to a close. They are all art ed-y or social justice-y or cultural production-y, so there should be something for everyone to dip into here! Enjoy!

The Carrot Revolution

The Art Teacher’s Guide to the Internet and you can follow the writer/arts educator on twitter here!

Thriving Too

Social Capital Blog

The Teaching Palette

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I know we have all been debating how to go about sharing all our lesson plans this semester…maybe Dropbox is the answer?

It is a hosting and syncing program that allows you to keep a folder of simultaneously updated files on multiple computers….I’m no techie, but it seems like this could help out

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I’m going to use the work of Robin Rhode to illustrate each way I teach.

The First is done with IMOVIE transitions:

Rhode uses the dissolve function to switch between images –giving the effect that he is in fact moving.

The SECOND is done with IMOVIE or FINAL CUT and is simply photographs repeated and timed to fit the motion Rhode tries to create.

If we log into Final Cut, and drag & drop our images, we can repeat them and space out the timing for each image (usually less than a second per image, unless it contains text) to our liking.

The THIRD way, is super simple-quick-easy, and can be found -> HERE. In this way, I used SKITCH to take screen shots and write on them –then inserting them in order… It’s probably not recommended for an entire video, but it works nicely for a quick clip.

Although there are MANY ways in which we can create Stop-Motion Photography, and these are only two… These will get the job done! So, explore –figure out even more, better, greater ways to do this and share with us all!

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Have any of you seen this commercial?:

You may not have realized, or even considered that this commercial was done super low-budget. So low budget, that if you have a digital point-and-shoot camera and a lot of time on your hands, you could make something magical as well.

Stop motion seems to be all the rage these days… For instance, new Wes Anderson film, Fantastic Mr. Fox is fully stop-motion, as was Coraline, released last year. You may love stop motion, and if you are Stefan Nadelman, than you have decided to use stop-motion-animation to create an American-centric-food-history of war since the second World War. Not. A. Joke.

For our classroom purposes, we have discussed artists like Robin Rhode and the use of film and image to create a film-like sense.

I want to show you a few ways (simple, quick, and dirty as one might say) to do this with kids in the classroom. We will use a digital camera, tripod and Reese’s peanut butter cups (Take that suckers who ditched class!) to create our own little scenes, which we will have to post on the blog later.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, and/or need extra guidance, this site is pretty easy to work with:

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A few months ago when I was homebound, I was perusing the free movie section on OnDemand and stumbled across this movie titled Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids.  Initially it caught my attention because the movie obviously indicated it was about prostitution which I find rather fascinating.  So I clicked view and was ecstatic to find out that the movie was a documentary about a documentary photographer [Zana Briski] who moves to the red light district of Calcutta, takes a group of children under her wing (all of their mothers are prostitutes) and provides them with cheap 35 mm disposable cameras to capture their colorful lives.  Every so often the movie includes a slide show of the children’s work which is ABSOLUTELY breathtaking to the point where it made me teary eyed.  Because it is Calcutta, the scenery is predominantly bright colors and the childrens snapshots are raw and honest.

The movie itself is also raw and honest.  The viewers witness one of the star pupils lose his mother (in a brutal attack by her pimp) right when he is offered an amazing opportunity to travel abroad and of course, the timing couldn’t be worse.  I believe it is a fantastic movie to watch as educators [and as documentary photographers] in order to make us more aware of situations that could pose as potential educational environments.  Zana Briski had no idea that when she moved to Calcutta she would create an environment that would nuture child creativity.  She initially moved there to document the prostitutes.

Here is a link to Zana’s Website http://www.zanabriski.com/

A link to the Kids with Camera foundation that includes the children’s magnificent work http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/kidsgallery/

and you click on particular kids and see their work as well as what they’re doing  now http://www.kids-with-cameras.org/aboutthekids/

And amazingly I actually found the movie in its entirety on Google videos.  What a treat!

If you haven’t already seen this movie then do yourself a favor and watch it!!

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