Youth getting animated
STOP motion guru Nick Donkin is helping shape the future for a group of Rockhampton youth.
Nick is involved in Stockland’s Stockmotion program, which was launched for its second year in Rockhampton last week.
The program was introduced in Rockhampton last year as an innovative approach to connect with youths and curtail shoplifting, vandalism and random violence which was plaguing the shopping complex at the time.
Last Thursday Nick, a director, writer and animator from Sydney, joined police, community support agencies and animation technician and director of Maddog Production Bryce Millar for this year’s official start.
The program involves 25 young people selected from a broad spectrum of the community, who will meet every Thursday night for eight weeks at Stockland Rockhampton to learn and create their own stop motion animation films.
At the end of eight weeks, five stop motion animation films will have been created by the participants, which people will be able to view at a special Stockmotion film screening sponsored by Birch Carroll & Coyle Cinemas on Wednesday, October 12.
The winners for Stockmotion 2010 were The Next Big Thing, from the Darumbal Community Group, with their film Dynamite.
Stockland Rockhampton centre manager Daniel Buchanan said it was community programs like this that really helped build respect, self esteem and a sense of pride in young people.
“The Stockland Rockhampton team is excited about the commencement of our second year of the Stockmotion program,” Mr Buchanan said.
“Stockland Rockhampton is committed to developing and implementing positive programs for the youth of the region, and investing in our community’s wellbeing.
“Stockmotion is a program that we are very proud of, and we’re certain that this year we will see even more talent and fine work emerge,” Mr Buchanan said.
What it is
Stop motion animation is an animation technique which makes real-life objects appear to move on their own.
Changing an object very slightly and photographing it one frame at a time will create an illusion of movement when you play the frames back quickly, as in a movie.
Examples of stop motion movies and television shows include Wallace & Gromit and Thomas the Tank Engine.