One small step for an animated character, a giant leap for the Locarno Film Festival: following in the footsteps of previous successful workshops, Locarno Kids confirms its focus on new generations through Locarno Kids HomeMade Movies, a digital project that aims to introduce younger viewers to the fascinating world of stop-motion animation, via direct contact with a professional.
It’s Claude Barras, the director of My Life as a Courgette (2016), which was nominated for an Oscar in 2017, who is invited to introduce the project by offering initial advice regarding this highly unique animation technique. Through a series of video tutorials, the kids, with help from parents, relatives, friends and classmates, can take part in the Festival by submitting their own short film. Inspired by the idea of rediscovering the wonders of the world beyond one’s own room, the themes chosen for the initiative are the environment and ecology, encouraging the participants to express their imagination in the name of sharing and collaboration. A jury is responsible for selecting and rewarding the best films among the submissions, thus including them in the Festival program for 2021.
The deadline for submitting your animated short to the Locarno Film Festival is Saturday, 10 October 2020.
Welcome to Locarno Kids HomeMade Movies
Claude Barras, director of My Life as Zucchini, welcomes you to Locarno Kids' new project dedicated to stop-motion animation.
How to tell a story
The first step to make a stop-motion animation is to think about the story you want to tell! Who, where, what? Which setting, which characters? Once the idea is clear, it will be time to write the screenplay and draw the storyboard.
The stop-motion animator tools
To make your short film in stop-motion you just need a few tools that you can easily find at home and a few tips from someone who knows all the secrets of animation.
A first example of stop-motion in space
What happens if a space rubber is attacked by a pencil rocket? Follow the example of Luca, the new travel companion of Locarno Kids HomeMade Movies, and try it with simple objects you can find around you.
Watch the ball!
Another example of stop-motion animation and many practical tips to give shape and movement to your ideas.
How were the protagonists of My Life as a Courgette created?
Shape, color, expression, Claude Barras reveals the secrets of the birth of his animated characters. Small tips to help you make your character successful.
Let's roll up our sleeves!
Now it's time to start building your character! Starting from a structure, then decorations to the movement. Iron wire, plasticine, fabric or old toys, look around and let your imagination run wild.
Nature in materials
The topic of ecology and the rediscovery of nature will be the subject of your story but can also be represented thanks to the materials you use. Here is an example of stop motion made with sand!
How fast can a mushroom grow?
An example made with newspaper clippings will show the time in stop-motion animation. Tricks of photography and movement will make a mushroom grow without even being noticed. Can a turtle run faster than a hare?
The title of your story
Your story's taking shape but you're still undecided about the title? Locarno Kids HomeMade Movies has a new travel companion: animator Milly will teach you how to write short texts using elements of nature and, of course, the stop-motion technique.
Paper is one of the best elements to make a first stop-motion short film. Here are a couple of suggestions and practical tips to animate simple pieces of paper. Remembering that the theme is ecology, how can we give life to materials that are often thrown away?
The importance of sound
Now that your animation is starting to take shape, you'll also have to think about how to enrich it with dialogue and sound. Claude Barras will explain the importance of noises and their use to communicate everything the viewer can't see.
An explosion of sounds
Let's take the example of the pencil rocket and space rubber to understand how you can add the sound of an explosion to stop-motion shooting. You'll discover how much fun it can be to create noises and sounds with objects around you.
Good job and above all have fun!
The stop-motion lessons are over. You should now have all the elements to create your animated short film. What are you waiting for, now it's your turn! Have fun!
Now it's your turn!
Create your own stop-motion animated short film, send it to the Locarno Film Festival and participate in the Locarno Kids HomeMade Movies competition. Great prizes and fantastic surprises are waiting for you!
For any information or advice on how to create your story, write to email@example.com and we will happily provide assistance.
When your short film is ready, you can send it to the Locarno Film Festival
1. Reread the Rules and guidelines carefully
2. Complete and submit the following Participation form
3. Send your short film to firstname.lastname@example.org
If your video is too heavy we suggest you to use www.wetransfer.com indicating in the text of the email your name and surname and the title of your short film.
Please note that the deadline for submission is Saturday 10 October.