Discover the art of single frame movement

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Moving beyond traditional filmmaking by incorporating simple animation and mixed media techniques will make your films stand out in a more expressive manner. Many filmmakers and photographers want to know what else they can get from their DSLR cameras. These single frame approaches incorporate familiar equipment in a new and exciting approach. By being exposed to several simple animation principles of movement, filmmakers will learn to animate people, objects, and light. Pixilation, which is the animation of people and objects, creative time-lapse applications and light-painting are a few of the techniques that will be discussed and practiced.

Students will learn about the capture software used in these techniques. Traditional camera and lighting approaches will be discussed in relation to single frame filmmaking, including indoor controlled lighting and outdoor “wild” lighting. Attention will be focused on the DSLR camera and the manual controls required for these applications. Students will be exposed to the history and artists that practice these techniques for inspiration. Exercises will be executed in small teams to gain “hands-on” experience. Gasek’s book; Frame by Frame StopMotion (ISBN 10: 0240817281) will be a reference but not required.


  • Preproduction for non-puppet, animated, photographic techniques
  • Dragon Frame software
  • Animation principles
  • The animated dslr camera and its controls
  • Animated lighting techniques
  • Pixilation
  • Time-lapse animation
  • Light painting

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Instructor: Tom Gasek

Tom Gasek has over 30 years of award winning professional stop motion animation experience as an animator and director. He worked with directors Will Vinton, Art Clokey and Henry Selick. At Aardman Animations in Bristol England, he contributed animation to Nick Park’s Wallace and Gromit short, “The Wrong Trousers” and the Peter Lord / Nick Park Feature, “Chicken Run.” Gasek co-directed and animated the “Inside-Out Boy” for Nickelodeon, which is a part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has maintained two small stop motion studios, one in San Francisco called “Sculptoons” in the early 90’s and OOH, Inc. in Massachusetts., and contributed animation to Aardman’s “Creature Comforts America”, Sony Bravia’s “Play-Doh”, Laika Studio’s “Coraline”, a series of Amazon Prime spots for Hornet Inc. in 2016 and he continues to direct and animate commercials and independent films. In the past several years, Tom produced, directed and animated two award winning short independent stop motion films, “Off-Line” and “Ain’t No Fish”. He is currently working on a short “pixilated” film called “4 @ 60.”