ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER MASTERPIECE
Four bright young minds alighted onto the Film Club train this fair day with one a enthusiastic returnee ready to dig for gold at the creative rock face up yonder tracks. After briefly going onto a siding to discuss favourite colours, we rejoined the main line and ploughed full speed ahead into creative wonderland. Small pieces of paper and pens were distributed, words were written, paper was folded, random choices were made and up from the midst of the group sprang the idea ...
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE LOCH NESS MONSTER
Far beneath the waves of Loch Ness there stirred a monster. Now we can't call him he, or her she, as this monster wasn't either. It was just 'it'. It lived at the bottom of the Loch and everyday between 9 and 5 it would rise towards the surface of the Loch to try and scare people. 'Professional Scarer' was its official title, but the more it was seen, the less scary it became so it only appeared to people rarely so that the scare factor was greatest. After a long day near the surface it would return to the bottom of the Loch where it lived with all of the retired monsters who were no longer Professional Scarers. Here they would take dinner, chillax and sleep. The monster enjoyed this, but felt that there was something missing, as other monsters generally don't make good friends, and so at night the monster would sneak back up to the surface where it would talk to a new friend ... the moon. They would chat about their feelings, and the monster dreamed of one day going to the moon to be closer to its friend. One night an angry village mob, tired of fearing the monster, descended on the Loch just as the monster was appearing for its nightly chat with the moon. They started attacking the monster and were getting the upper hand. The moon, looking down on this, used its special powers of gravity and brought a huge wave against the villagers who all got completely wet and washed up the shore. The monster looked up at the moon and smiled before sinking back down beneath the waves. The moon looked down upon the surface of the Loch and smiled.
LET'S MAKE IT!
The group then decided that we could try to make the story using stop motion animation. Jobs were identified and tasks assigned, and the drawing, cutting, sticking and modelling began. The background and ground were added first, and then all of the extra background items and the props for the foreground were added. Once everything was in place, we planned out what the action would be, set up the iPad and used iMotion to animate. It was all hands on deck as there were several things to move between each frame. Once all of the frames were completed, we watched it back and then added sound effects and voices to bring the scene to life before sitting back and enjoying our film full screen.