NFB StopMo Studio
Until June 30, 2020, the NFB StopMo Studio can be downloaded for FREE. Use stop-motion animation to encourage your kids or students (or yourself) to explore a different way of creating and sharing experiences through storytelling. The app requires iOS10/iPad 2 and above. It’s designed for both casual and experienced users. Click here for more information and a link to download on the Apple App Store. For a brief overview, watch this 1-minute video.
Stop Motion Studio
Stop Motion Studio is the software we used for the Stop-Motion Animation workshop taught by award-winning Toronto stop-motion director and animator Evan DeRushie during a weekend claymation workshop May 4-5, 2019 prior to the 13th Reel Shorts Film Festival May 6-13, 2019. Scroll down to watch the fun 2-minute video created by the workshop participants and to watch Evan’s award-winning short film Birdlime which screened in the Fire & Ice (Gr 6-9) package at the 2018 Reel Shorts Film Festival.
Stop Motion Studio is available for iOS, macOS, Android, and Windows. Create and edit projects on any device. Start a project on one device and finish it on another. A Free Trial version is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod as well as Android and Chromebooks. Prices for the paid version are $4.99 for iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android and Chromebooks, and $9.99 for the Mac and Windows. Click here for more details.
Stop Motion Studio in the Classroom provides discounts for schools in the Volume Purchase Program as well as Tips and Resources for classroom use.
Stop-motion animation can be done with a device that captures images, the Stop Motion Studio software (or similar), and a tripod. For a sample of fun methods to try at home or at school, check out this 4-minute TED-Ed video in which a tablet, tripod, friends, and imagination were used to create some homemade special effects.
For our 2019 claymation workshop, we partnered with PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association) and GPRC (Grande Prairie Regional College) to offer the Stop-Motion Animation workshop presented by AMAAS (Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society) with support from Telefilm.
Thanks so much to Lisa Bennett of Rare Island Media for this photo and many others she took at the 2019 Reel Shorts Film Festival!
GPRC provided their Fine Arts Computer Lab which had the following:
- 1 incredible instructor (Evan DeRushie)
- 12 eager participants
- 12 tripods – bought them in packs of 2 so purchased 6 packs of tripod stand with bag
- 12 clamp lights and light bulbs
- 12 black poster boards 22×28″
- 5 packages of modelling clay
- modelling clay tools which we should have provided but one of the participants very kindly brought and shared with everyone
Instructor’s Stop-Motion Film
More Stop-Motion Animated Films
School Program Favourites
A Sea Turtle Story (5+), a 10-minute NFB (National Film Board) film from Canada directed by Kathy Schultz that screened in the 2013 Flights of Imagination (Gr 1-3) package:
Big Mouth (5+), an 8-minute NFB (National Film Board) film from Canada written, directed, and animated by Andrea Dorfman that screened in the 2013 Flights of Imagination (Gr 1-3) package:
Shaun the Sheep – Still Life (G), a 6-minute film from the United Kingdom directed by Christopher Sadler that screened in the 2008 Little Gorillas package for elementary school students:
Two Trams (5+), a 10-minute film from the Russian Federation written and directed by Svetlana Andrianova that screened in the 2018 Critter Tales (Gr 1-3) package and, after winning the Reel Shorts 2018 Best Animated Short Award, the Best of the Fest package.
The Necktie (PG), a 12-minute NFB (National Film Board) film from Canada written, directed, and animated by Jean-François Lévesque that screened in the 2009 Digging the Arts package for junior high students:
Flawed (PG, Nudity), a 12-minute NFB (National Film Board) film from Canada written, directed, and animated by Andrea Dorfman that screened in the 2011 Cross the Line package for junior high students.
Madame Tutli-Putli (14+ Crude Content), a 17-minute NFB (National Film Board) film from Canada written and directed by Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski that screened in the 2008 Oscar Animated Shorts package.