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Molding clay, shaping futures

Kids learn how to create their own stop-motion animation films with clay

Posted: July 8, 2010 9:26 p.m.
Updated: July 9, 2010 4:30 a.m.

From left, MBK Studios video-production students, Bailey Marshall, 11, Marc Martinez, 10, and Sage Marshall, 13, film three clay figurines for a film titled, “The Mummy’s Curse” at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex on Thursday.

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Zane Swift, 10, got ready with a couple of other kids to shoot the next scene of his clay animation film debut: “The So-called Stolen Tooth Brush.”

The three-minute movie was full of intrigue and adventure. The tale takes place on the imaginary Planet 5, and involves sword fights, false accusations and a dragon that plays both sides.

“It’s fun to learn things,” Zane said. “Some kids don’t like to learn things; but in this case, it’s really fun.”

It was all part of a weeklong clay animation workshop put on by Movies by Kids at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex. About 10 kids had a chance to make their short films.

Swift worked with the brother-and-sister team Owen Kennedy, 7, and Olivia, 9, on the “The So-called Stolen Tooth Brush.”

They learned all the elements of making their idea a reality, from writing the script to making the characters and shooting the film. The videos are then compiled by professional editors.

“I think it’s a good program because the general outlet is sports. It’s something different” said Victoria Mitchell, the class’ teacher.

Campbell Fickett, 12, said he thought the best part was seeing the creatures he made come to life. 

“I like how we are able to be creative and you can do whatever idea you have,” said Fickett’s teammate, 12-year-old Ian Andersen.

They said to watch out the YouTube premiere of their film: “Revenge of the Cyborg Nerd.”

Movies by Kids is holding two more workshops in Santa Clarita this summer, as well as many more throughout Los Angeles.
For more information about summer programs and everything else Movies by Kids has to offer, visit www.moviesbykids.com.

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