The Animation Projects showcased in this video were created during the Middle School art period, under the direction of art teacher, Jean Ormaza. The project guidelines were to explore the traditional art of Stop-Motion animation by compiling various amounts of still frames in a sequence to capture the movements of certain objects. For the filming process, the students used a Nikon D3000 Digital SLR Camera which includes an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens. The ideas behind the works were determined by the students’ own inspiration and innovation.


The opening scene in this clip of a self-solving a rubix cube was depicted by Albert (grade 8). This piece was inspired by his interest in solving puzzles. Albert expressed that the delicate nature of the project was challenging during the filming process, but the end result was well worth it.


The second part of this clip “ The Riverbend Magnet Exploration” was designed and produced by Eliot (grade 8). During the filming Eliot enlisted fellow students to show various techniques of stop-motion animation by manipulating his object and surroundings to add continual visual interest to the short film. The magnet exploration video was compiled of 1,762 frames all together. Eliot revealed that capturing the globe’s collapse and inflation was his favorite scene in the piece.


The students exhibited tremendous innovative skills in all stages of these projects and the final results are fascinating.  We also have more to look forward to in the up and coming weeks, as a few other students in the class have recently finalized their works. We hope you enjoyed these incredible projects and will keep you posted for our next showing!



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