Young Digital Filmmakers Learn Their Craft


On a rainy afternoon, youth gathered at the main public library to learn about stop motion photography.  That’s the technique used in several iconic Christmas specials, like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” , or “Santa Claus is coming to town”, it’s also used widely in major motion pictures coupled with digital technology today.

The process is a form of animation, but instead of working with several thousand drawings, the animators used miniature models and moved each just a fraction , shoot a a few frames of film and repeat. It’s a tedious job, but the magic appears when you few the end product.

Several teens learned the craft of stop motion, along with other techniques in digital film making with a new program running out of the main Public Library on East street.

Watch the video to see some of the work produced by the students in the program

Katie Huckson is the local instructor and part of The Near North Mobile Media Lab , an Ontario Trillium Foundation funded program that encourages youth (ages 14-19 years old) to explore the world of media arts through state-of-the-art technology and software.

“It’s a place where teens can be both creators and consumers of digital technology” Huckson said while hosting an open house last week.

The program can give the students the skills to start a potential career in the field said Huckson, though it’s also a place where youth can hang out and be creative.

“We have the software to do all sorts of things” Huckson said, “we can do illustration, animation, editing software”  The program thus far has attracted those with knowledge of digital media while others have no experience. Students can use digital cameras, lighting and all other equipment to create their work.

Temiskaming Shores, Timmins, Elliot Lake, Sault Ste. Marie, Kenora and Sioux Lookout were selected as the first communities to offer the program that is free of charge. Who knows? , there could be a bunch of budding digital film makers out to make the next iconic stop motion holiday special!

For more information on how you can be part of this program contact  Katie Huckson at [email protected], or contact on-site supervisor and Manager of Community Engagement, Helena Huopalainen at [email protected]