To coincide with the exhibition Shadow Play students at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School have taken part in animation workshops led by our Artist in Residence Maria Sams. Throughout the spring and summer terms students have developed skills in paper-cutting and stop motion animation to create several exciting short animations.

These films are made using paper cut-outs placed on an overhead projector. The projections and shadows created by the paper are photographed by a camera that is placed behind the overhead projector. By moving the cut-outs very slightly before taking each photograph the paper appears to move by itself, creating an animation. Working in small teams the pupils planned short stories, created scenes from paper and learnt to animate their creations.

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