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Stop Motion Workshop: a day workshop and an impressive end result

Stop motion 2 For the second year, a day Stop Motion workshop took place at FIFO. Facilitated by Luce Pasquini, a teacher at the Centre for Arts and Crafts, the workshop was a real success.

‘Working on the software before tackling the practical is very good. We have a better understanding.’ Like Aurélie, the five other pupils in the workshop spent the morning familiarising themselves with the software necessary to work on their footage, produce an animation, but also to write a scenario. ‘We had to produce a story for our Stop Motion afternoon,’ explains the teacher Luce Pasquini. Once these steps have been taken the classmates had fun with another game…

‘You have to hold this object and act as if you were surprised to find yourself there,’ launches the teacher who has taught digital art for four years at the Centre for Arts and Crafts. With her pupils, Luce Pasquini has invented a story. It takes place in a classroom, where the pupils who have fallen asleep because of a boring teacher, dream of being elsewhere and end up by teleporting themselves. They therefore take the place of the person who is in their imagination and reverse the roles. ‘I dream about being a presenter on Polynésie 1ère,’ says one of the participants. ‘As a result, the presenter will take my place in the classroom,’ he continues.  His friend will play his role. The two buddies came together from Wallis and Futuna, they were also accompanied by a third friend, Matteo who takes part in nearly all  FIFO workshops. ‘I would really like us to have workshops like this back home,’ confides Matteo. ‘I am finding things out and learning. With my friends we have already planned to make a film once back on our island,’ adds Tino. The three mates seem to have had a lot of fun and to have benefitted to the full from the workshop.

 

A workshop that amuses pupils

 

Armed with a tripod and camera, Luce Pasquini leads her pupils into the FIFO village. The objective: to play the three characters of their dreams. The festival spectator who is watching a film at the OPT stand, the Polynésie 1ère presenter who is speaking in from of his screen at the Fun Zone, then the caféteria waitress near the Grand Theatre who is serving customers are found. ‘Come on! Come on! Let’s get a move on or we won’t have time to produce our film,’ exclaims the facilitator. ‘Should he express his joy?’ questions one of the pupils who watches his friend play one of the roles and have his photo taken by Luce Pasquini in front of the intrigued festival attendees. ‘What she is showing us is great,’ enthuses 35-year-old Aurélie. The young mother is a teacher, she certainly intends to reuse what she has learnt today with her pupils. ‘I really love the idea that teachers reuse what we do here in their classes,’ confesses Luce Pasquini adept at capturing the attention of her pupils and explaining things educationally. ‘Right, I think that we have enough shots, let’s go back to the room and move on to editing.’

Once back, the pupils busy themselves importing, sorting and renaming the 492 images produced. As for the editing, the software takes care of that! ‘We see the project through from the start to the finish, we have the result, and that is really great,’ exclaims Aurélie. ‘I love it! Mummy, can we do this at home?’ questions one of the young mother’s three children here to see the film at the end of the workshop with their father. ‘Yes, of course,’ responds the mother of the young family, delighted with her day.

 

Suliane Favennec