The students in science teacher Mark Centi’s STEM class have begun their group STEM projects, and some are animated about creating animation.
The stop-action animation project is a creative project for all of the students to take part in.
“I was searching for something that would allow us to use technology we have available on site and also be exciting for students,” Centi stated. “Students will learn a lot about the technology and methods needed to create a Stop Action Animation film or movie.”
Centi believes that the project will also help the students with working together, brainstorming ideas and managing time. It is also giving the students a chance to learn about using the cameras and how to edit these types of films. The project “will allow students to use our digital cameras as well as our green room/screen and the editing equipment to create their movies,” he said.
Centi then went on to explain how the project will work: “Students must first complete a three to five page research paper about stop-action animation, then write a script or screenplay for their movie.” All students will then “film, edit and finalize their 1-3 minute production.”
The project seems like a remarkable idea, but there are some things that can be challenging.
“The biggest issue so far is that numerous students in the class are operating on different schedules, so it has become a juggling act helping them to meet the deadlines that are set,” said Centi.
Centi said he is getting mixed feedback from the students. “Some students have expressed excitement, while others have made it into a chore.”
Senior Samantha Baumia said that, so far, her project is “complicated.” The only description she was willing to provide was that “it involves an onion and a sledgehammer.” She is looking forward to beginning the filming.
Stop-action animation has always fascinated New Day’s science teacher. “I think for students it pulls back the curtain into the world of movies and animation just a little and hopefully helps them to develop a deeper appreciation for films and movies,” he said.
Luckily the school has an advantage in making this project a reality: Kevin Valentine, the online programs outreach coordinator.
“Mr. Valentine will be providing technical supervision with the cameras as well as the editing equipment,” said Centi.