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Channel Your Inner Tim Burton at Surrey Museum

The Surrey Museum has launched a new summer course for aspiring movie buffs. For 12-14 year olds, the four day course will teach the basics of stop-motion animation, a production style used for popular movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas and Coraline. We sat down with  Venay Felton of Reel 2 Real, the company delivering the program, to find out more about the cool new course.

Q: Can you explain stop motion animation?
A: Objects are moved between photographic frames. When played back, the illusion of movement is created. Many stop motion films can involve using humans, household appliances and other objects for comedic effect. Wallace and Gromit is an example of clay animation. The Nightmare Before Christmas is an example of puppet animation.

Q: What makes this program unique?
A: It brings history to life in a fun and creative way. The small class of eight will make a movie about a historical aspect of Surrey. Here's an example of a film made by students at Museum of Vancouver (also above). Sometimes we allow students to take some liberties with "historical fiction!"

Q: What will students take away from the program? Could he/ she do this technology at home after?
A: Stop motion animation can be done at home, using a variety of apps on an iPhone, tablet or computer.

Q: Do kids need any kind of previous experience?
A: Nope. They just need to come ready to learn and experiment. The course is limited to eight people so there will be loads of one-on-one learning.

Movie Makers (12-14yrs)

Tuesday, July 18 to Friday, July 21
9:30am to 3:30pm
Surrey Museum

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