While Ryan was creating photograms in the TI lab classroom, the project explainers and I were facilitating making large scale animations in the Tinkering Studio! The Animation Station is one of our favorite exhibits, and it's always fun to play with scaling things up for special events.
Before the event two of our staff photographers, Amy and Gayle, made some photoshoot-gone-awry animations to test out the set up. It was a great opportunity to practice arranging the Tinkering Studio for large-scale animation and try out some new props (like ping pong balls). One thing we noticed was that with the dark backdrop, it was helpful to lower the light levels in the Tinkering Studio to get a better color balance in the photo.
With the practice shoot under our belts, we were ready to go for After Dark! One thing I love about stop motion animation is that you can do things that aren't possible in real life, like fly, teleport, disappear, and transform objects. Several visitors played with these ideas as they created their animations.
Before the event started, project explainers made two examples, one where Liliana flies over the ocean and one where she teleports to play a game of catch with herself.
This group collaborated to make an animation about a magic umbrella and beach ball that allows them to transform into other people.
The giant hammer was one of the favorite props of the night, which led to "smashing" your friends (or other props) being a consistent theme throughout the animations.
As we continue to experiment with large-scale animation, I'd love to start developing a set of props and materials that support rich explorations of the process, as well as continue to refine how we introduce the activity and arrange the Tinkering Studio.