Stop Motion Video by Luay Eljamal
Posted October 26, 2014
The following project was designed to teach us how to create a stop-motion video which could act as a simulation tool to aid instruction in a classroom. It involved compiling a group of digital images, and adding music, sound effects and narration in order to highlight themes of change and/or mutation in the major or minor fields of our study. I chose to frame my simulation as a tutorial, teaching my audience how to patch a light source to a lighting board. This linked the project to my Drama major. I felt that doing this effectively exemplified the positive impacts that simulations can have in the field of education, as outlined in my blog post Using Simulations in Education. This simulation was cost-effective and easy to construct in the classroom (no equipment necessary to teach patching system), it removed elements of danger from the situation (no risk of damaging equipment while the students learn how the process works), and it could be paused at the teacher's will in order to ensure that their students were mentally following along. In terms of meeting the "change/mutation" expectations of the assignment, I see technology in theatre as a constantly growing and changing art-form; constantly striving towards being more concise and efficient so as to help bring artists and their audiences closer to the work being observed, without sacrificing quality of detail. By simplifying the process of patching a light in this stop-motion video, I hope that my audiences will notice how much faster the process has become today; particularly when compared to how the process had been in the past, where lights in theatre were hooked up to analog light boards.