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Film Camps
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We’ve teamed up with The Little Animation Studio to bring you hands-on animation camps. Students will use a variety of techniques from clay animation and pixelation to hand-drawn and cutout animation to create their own film. Students will collaborate to write, design, storyboard, construct sets, shoot, and produce a completed mixed media animated short film using professional animation software and equipment.

Films created in these workshops will screen at the 2019 Festival!

To view films made in past camps, click here .

Upcoming Film Camps

Camps take place from 9:30am to 3:30pm at Pine Street School in the Financial District.
Extended care is available from 3:30-5pm.

WINTER CAMP: FEBRUARY 19-23

GRADES K-2 – ANIMATION EXPERIMENTS
Students in this one week camp will step into the role of mad scientists! Will we create a plant that can sing? Or will we create a dog that changes colors? The possibilities are endless! Students will create sets, props and characters all using different types of textured paper, fabrics, and MORE! The class will work together to make a short animated film about wacky science experiments. Students will have a blast thinking creatively to tell their own unique story!

GRADES 3-5 – MOVIE MAGIC SOLD OUT
Movies and magic have a long history together. Some of the first filmmakers were viewed as magicians rather than storytellers. In this camp, students will be both! Transform objects, make things disappear, bring objects to life, and more all using movie magic!  Try out different cinematic magic tricks and use animation to tell an original story and create a short film.

GRADES 6- 8 INSPIRED BY THE MASTERS: AARDMAN STUDIOS 
Wallace and Gromit have won over audiences since their debut! Students will make their  own clay animated films inspired by Wallace and Gromit as well as the other  Aardman studios films. Using equipments and the same software used by the studio itself, students will explore the filmmaking process by collaboratively creating an original story and film.

Pine Street School is located in the Financial District (25 Pine Street, NY NY 10005).
9:30am – 3:30 pm. Extended care is available from 3:30-5pm.
Films created in these workshops will screen at the 2019 Festival!

SPRING CAMP: APRIL 2-6

GRADES K-2 – CREATURES IN THE GARDEN
Spring is the season of blooming flowers and growing plants, but what might lie behind those plants? Students in this class will imagine what unknown animals or mythical creatures would live in a magic garden. Design and create new magical creatures and imagine how they might interact with one another. Use different art-making processes and stop motion animation techniques to bring these dream creatures to life!

GRADES 3-5 – RADICAL ROBOTS
With so many new developments in technology, everyone is talking about ROBOTS! In this course, students will dream up new robots and what they might do in the future! Using some basic technology to create their own unique robot puppet, students will use stop motion animation and professional cameras and software to show what these advanced robots can do!

GRADES 6- 8 INSPIRED BY THE MASTERS: PES AND FOUND-OBJECT ANIMATION 
PES is a master of found-object stop motion animation, and is known for short films like Fresh Guacamole and Western Spaghetti. Students will create their own short transforming everyday objects into something completely new. Young animators will be given a variety of materials to explore, and are welcome to personalize the film with a favorite object of their own! The group will capture these creatively playful ideas in a stop motion film and utilizing various animation exercises. 

Pine Street School is located in the Financial District (25 Pine Street, NY NY 10005).
9:30am – 3:30 pm. Extended care is available from 3:30-5pm.
Films created in these workshops will screen at the 2019 Festival!

POP-UP CAMP: JUNE 7

SUMMER SUPERHEROES
Everyone loves a classic superhero! But rather than remaking old classics, students in this workshop will be making new original super heroes! What superpower would they have? What is their secret identity? Students will learn about character creation and the basics of filmmaking. They will bring these new superheroes to life with the use of stop motion animation!

This camp will include one section for grades k-2 and one section for grades 3-5

Pine Street School is located in the Financial District (25 Pine Street, NY NY 10005).
9:30am – 3:30 pm. Extended care is available from 3:30-5pm.

THE LITTLE ANIMATION STUDIO
SUMMER CAMPS: JULY 9-13, 16-20, 23-27

LOOKING TO GET ANIMATED THIS SUMMER? 
Our partners at The Little Animation Studio (formerly The Good School) are offering three weeks of animation education! 

With classes focusing on storytelling, set design, directing, and more (The Twilight Zone! Spielberg! Paper animation!), there’s enough to keep young animators occupied all summer long.

Typical Film Camp Day

9:15-9:30am – Arrival, welcome, and free draw
9:30-9:45am – Daily schedule overview
9:45-11:00am – Warm-up: watch short films to learn about style and participate in animation exercises
11:00am-12:00pm – Story development: teaching artists will lead groups to write a story for short film, create storyboards, and start design
12:00-12:30pm – Lunch break (bring own lunch)
12:30-1:00pm – Recess
1:00-3:30pm – Animation: puppets, sets, props, etc. created to complete short film and begin animating
3:30pm – Dismissal
3:30-5:00pm – Extended care

Scholarships

Full scholarships are available for weeklong camps in February and April. Students who qualify based on proof of income are eligible to apply. Preferable documentation is letter from child’s school indicating eligibility for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch. If this is unavailable, paystubs or proof of Medicare, unemployment, or social security benefits may be used instead.

Useful Information

Extended care is available from 3:30-5pm for an additional charge of $20 per day

Each class will be led by two head teachers from our partner, The Little Animation Studio, and will consist of 15 students

Class sizes are limited and will sell out

Students must bring lunch and snacks with them each day

Pine Street School is located in the Financial District (25 Pine Street, NY NY 10005)

Please write education@nyicff.org with any inquiries.