That other reason not to litter

Jay and I have been dabbling in the art of (cue Doug Henning parody-style “Art of Illusion” chime sound…) Stop Motion animation.

It’s all very raw, but he’s getting the hang of it. Earlier this week he produced a funny “Don’t Litter” Public Service Announcement video almost entirely on his own.¬† He worked for over 2 hours, took more than 240 pictures, to produce 37 seconds of animation. He then invested another hour creating bumps and title cards. It’s a feat that’s even more impressive if you know some of the obstacles he has to overcome to do work like that.

I’m very proud of him, and I’m pleased he’s starting to find creative outlets and developing a passion for them.

It’s funny too, because Jay was only required to produce a poster or give a speech. However, right away he indicated he wanted to make a video.

The assignment was given Monday, he got approval from his teacher Tuesday (she didn’t know what a stop motion was), he did all his filming on Tuesday night, and produced the video Wednesday afternoon so that his teacher could approve it prior to the assignment being formally due (in case he had to do something different).

She was having some trouble getting the .avi file version of the¬†animation to play on her computer, so we made some alternate forms for her Thursday night. I didn’t think that logging into youtube was a viable option so we burned a playable DVD and provided her with a flash version this morning. Hopefully it’ll work, and she gives him good feedback. We’ll see.

Contributed by: Scott Copperman (Guest Author)

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