Stop Motion Movie Club

Hosted by the Autism Society of Central Wisconsin

The purpose of the club is to discuss stop motion movie making, share movies that were made, or discuss ideas for new movies. This is for people new to the hobby or experienced. This group is for teens ages 13-19.

Meetings are guided by Cole Kirkendall, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee’s film production department. Cole has worked primarily with stop motion animation, and visual art over the last three years, and has had several short films shown at festivals internationally.

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You do not need to have participated in all past meetings to join our monthly meetings – all are welcome to join at any point! See past meeting notes to see what has been covered in previous meetings.

February 11, 2022

Group participants were given the opportunity to share more of their work in February.

January 7th, 2022

In January the group shared video clips that they were working on with each other. The videos ranged from Megatron to a High School Commencement Video. The attendees shared what they used for effects including various objects or websites, such as Several attendees shared Youtube channels that they are working on.

December 3rd, 2021

This month Cole talked about lightning and the use of green screens. One aspect was how to light a green screen to avoid shadows. We also discussed the mood different lightning can create reviewing examples like the Harry Potter movies. Here is a good green screen resource.

Our next meeting is Friday, January 7th at 7 pm.

Homework: Our next meeting will be an opportunity to share what you have been working on and receive advice from Cole. Feel free to bring a sample of your work to next month’s meeting!

November 5th, 2021

This month we talked about inspirations and how to come up with ideas for projects. A review of the tips & tricks shared during this meeting can be found here.

Our next meeting is Friday, December 3rd at 7 pm.

Homework: Bring a photo that shows lighting or camera angles that express an emotion visually.

October 8th, 2021

October’s meeting focused on camera tips to compose a shot. A review of the tips & tricks shared during this meeting can be found here.

Our next meeting is Friday, November 5th at 7 pm.

Homework: Attendees are encouraged to share take a photo or 2 using one or more of these tips or if you are watching something- take a note on the lighting or angels and how it made you feel.

Thank you to everyone who participated in October’s meeting – we look forward to having even more fun in November!

September 3, 2021

The Stop Motion Club got off to a great start! Cole, our expert, shared basic tips and tricks to get us started. A review of the tips & tricks shared during this meeting can be found here.

Our next meeting is Friday, October 8th at 7 pm. Attendees are encouraged to share a clip they have made in Stop Motion Studio at the meeting. The clip should have an action that the viewer can identify, such as a wave, hand clap, pet dog, etc.

Here is a link to an early video that Cole did in college for inspiration.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting!