From the 20th till the 24th of March a big project took place in our halls. Yes, maybe not that spectacular for everyone but for the kids of the “Astrid-Lindgren”-school for mentally handicapped children and “Neumarkt”-primary school. That week was about creating and filming a stop-motion-movie together.
“Stop-motion” that means as much as taking hundreds of pictures to create a real movie, not just filming but even more creating scenes, figures and decoration and playing every little step of the movie and stopping after each small movement.
Monday, 20. March the workshop took place at the MMZ in Halle with all kids. That first day was filled with theoretical info, a basically ‘who is who’, splitting into smaller groups and creating the story board.
On Tuesday we had a whole morning just with the kids of the “Astrid-Lindgren”-school at their place to start with doing handicrafts. A lot of little monsters, decoration, scenes and letters had been ready to play with after that second day.
Our third day, Wednesday 22. March, again took place at the MMZ with the kids of both schools working together. After a short time for updates and planning the day it was time to start the most exciting part – the actual play and “filming”. Mention: having six kids per group means 12 little hands wanting to move little monsters, decoration and scenery and that definitely caused a bit of trouble and chaos in every group. Already having taken a few pics the kids realized that this kind of movie making isn’t as easy as it seemed to be in the beginning. Each small arm or leg movement, every float of the clouds and all the short pushes with the decoration needed the be documented with a lot of pictures to become a proper move in the final movie.
So this day might have been one of the hardest days the whole week: having to realise that producing a 2-minute stop motion movie needs a lot more time and detailed work than somebody might think, but: it also was one of the best days. It was filled with lots of team work and dosens of WOW-moments.
Having a big “goodbye” this midday because the workshop ended for the “Neumarkt”-kids now, everybody was happy with the work and they even had the possibility to actually see a part of their final movie already. So the day ended with a lot of satisfied faces and a goodbye between new friends.
Thursday and Friday the workshop again took place in the halls of the “Astrid-Lindgren”-school: recording sounds, finishing the picture-taking and cutting the final movie.
The last hour on Friday we all spent together in the staff room of the school, watching all four movies and cheering all the kids for their splendid work.
In the end it was for us, the workshop staff as hard as it was for the kids to say “see you soon”. After a lot of cuddles and hand shakings it became quite in the workroom and we all looked at each other, thinking about all the events and the great time all of us had with their group.
We want to thank “Aktion Mensch” for supporting “Wilde Wesen-Kurzfilmwochen” and to both schools and all kids for such a great week and the possibility to create new friendships across school borders. All of us are looking forward to meeting everybody again at the Monstronale Filmfestival, where we can watch the finished movies on big screen. Our cooperation with the Monstronale makes this possible.