Couch Potato Stop Motion Challenge
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Up to eight different teams or individuals will animate small stop motion scenes one after another. The main character is always a small potato. One team receives a starting scene from Moviemiento and then shoots its own continuation of the story. After that, it’s the next team’s turn – with each team only knowing the previous video and having 48 hours to animate.
Within this theme you can then make your own story. In the end, all the scenes will be put together to make a joint film.
The project thus connects people from all over the world by sharing a creative and interactive experience – from home.
Who can participate? Everyone – you can register here as an individual, a household, an organisation, with your family or friends, etc. You need to be able to speak German or English.
What do you need? No previous animation or film knowledge is necessary. We have created four video tutorials explaining the basics of stop-motion technique, set construction, the app we use, and scoring. We use the app Stop-Motion-Studio and support you in its application (but we don’t get paid for recommending it!). So all you need is a smartphone and the app.
What dates are there to keep in mind?
• March 19, 2021: Registration deadline
• March 21, 2021: Kick-off event: We meet online to get to know each other as well as the other teams and to clarify any questions. Duration: approx. 1 hour.
• March 22 – April 07, 2021: Couch-Potato-Challenge: The eight teams will be given the topic and will then each have 48 hours to animate the film sequence.
• April 11, 2021: Online Premiere: We’ll meet online to watch the finished film and you can share your Couch Potato Challenge experience with the other teams.
Attendance at the kick-off event and/or premiere is not mandatory.
Where can the finished films be seen? With the kick-off event, the films will be available on Vimeo and here on our project website. In addition, the films will be shown as part of our Stadt_Land_Fluss event series in Summer 2021.
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The story of the Couch Potato Challenge
A potato on the road
The Couch Potato Challenge already took place in 2020, with 41 teams from 12 countries creating five great films. There were teams from Egypt, Germany, France, Italy, Colombia, Libya, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, … You can watch the previous films in the sidebar on this website here!
In addition, the films were shown at the Netzfest of re:publica including a Q&A. On top of this, the Challenge was offered again only for kids from Wuppertal at the end of 2020. Check it out here!
Rules for all teams
1. You have 48 hours to create your own stop-motion sequence.
2. The sequence should be at least 10 and maximum 30 seconds long.
3. Your sequence must start with the last frame of the previous team’s sequence. This means you should REBUILD the last image as best you can and continue animating with your story from there. Rebuilding creates a creative and fun transition from one scene to the next.
4. The last image of your sequence must therefore be easy to recreate for the following team. (Please do not use a black frame as the last frame!)
5. The main character must be adopted and reproduced as identically as possible.
6. Set the frame rate in the app to at least 12 frames per second (frame rate: 12 fps).
7. Only film in landscape format – in 16:9.
8. Use universal symbols instead of written language if possible so that the film is comprehensible beyond language borders (e.g. an ice cream symbol instead of the words “Ice Cream”).
9. Use written language only if absolutely necessary, and then in English.
10. No racist, heterosexist, sexist or otherwise discriminatory depictions, statements or content. No political statements. Do not include brand and/or product names. No representation or depiction of real people (including yourself), e.g. in the form of photos, newspaper clippings, caricatures, etc.
11. Create your own sounds with mouth, objects, instruments etc.. Please also use only homemade music.
12. Do not use any real spoken language in the soundtrack, so that the film remains comprehensible beyond language borders.
13. The participating teams are not allowed to talk to each other during the challenge.
14. Please do not film Easter stories, Easter eggs, Easter bunnies….
15. You’ll get one topic from your mentor connected to the project “City, Country, River“.
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Stop Motion Tutorial, Part 1 Basics. (Click on CC for english subtitles)
Stop Motion Tutorial, Part 2 Setup. (Click on CC for english subtitles)
Stop Motion Tutorial, Part 3 Apps. (Click on CC for english subtitles)
Stop Motion Tutorial, Part 4 Sounds. (Click on CC for english subtitles)