Sunday, April 21, 2013
A few days ago, the Mayfair was packed full with kids on a field trip to watch some work that they had produced up on the big screen under the banner of the Churchill Alternative School Stop Motion Film Festival. It was the second year of hopefully an ongoing tradition of the kids producing their own works of animation. It was a very fun afternoon and the kids had a great time, and expressed themselves in a very loud and jubilant manner front beginning to end. A few short years ago an undertaking like this for a school would have been a much more expensive and time consuming endeavor. Now-a-days a classroom of kids can make a stop-motion animation piece with a smart-phone and nothing more then an average laptop at best. The great Bruce Campbell once commented that the good news is that in this day and age that anyone can make a movie...and the bad news is that anyone can make a movie. Seeing these imaginative little no budget bits of animation makes me think that in this sense anyhow, it is very much a good thing indeed.