I recently launched a YT channel to archive short animations and films made at Floating Shape Workshops events. This will be a work in progress managing different videos and getting them uploaded as time goes on. So far, you can see things like the one posted below, as well the collaborative, some filmed flipbooks, and the live animation created at this past weekend's workshop at Thunder-Sky, Inc.
Below is a short cutout animated promo for tomorrow's workshop at the Price Hill Library. After the Mini Microcinema screens animated films in Spanish (Películas para Niños en Español) from the New York International Children's Film Festival, FSW will be having a flipbook workshop from 1-2 PM!
And here is a collaborative animated story from a few days ago made by seven children (ages 5-8) at the downtown branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati.
I love flipbooks, and the flipbook workshops that I do with the Floating Shape Workshop are some of my absolute favorite activities. Aside from the accessibility and "fun for all ages" element to them, there is something magical about someone making their first flipbook, and seeing the animation happen right in their hands. Of course, this is typically most prevalent with young ones making their very first flipbook, but I have found that they can also be quite thrilling and fun with adults as well (who probably haven't bothered to make any animation since drawing on the corners of their school book several years ago). In a longer workshop format in which children will ultimately be making a full film, they are often eager to get to the point of using the camera. However, I find that the introductory camera-less projects like flipbooks and zoetropes can end up being just as rewarding. It is a piece of created animation that can fit in their pocket and be taken home to show to friends and family.