Animating Shapes into Stories

In the past few years, high school animation students have partnered with lower school students on various animation projects. First grade teacher Savannah Roberts introduced an animated short film from the 1950s to her class. The animation was an experiment with moving shapes, and many participants who viewed the film interpreted stories about the movement and shapes. The goal in showing this film was to inspire the first grade students to create their own shape stories.

Senior Shaia B., in her fourth year of Larissa Tokmokova’s animation class, spent several months in collaboration with Savannah’s students. Shaia led them in creating a stop-motion animation project using shapes to tell a story. The completed project can be viewed in the film below, The Blob.