Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the 2020 Carmel Film Forum was converted from an in-person hands-on stop motion animation workshop, held at the Carmel Clay Public Library (CCPL) to a two-session webinar hosted on CCPL's ZOOM account. The webinar was limited to 100 seats and sold out a week before the event. There were requests to post a documentation video of the webinar for those who could not attend.
The first session was presented on June 20, 2020, from 2 pm to 4 pm. It was co-hosted by James E. Moriarty from Moriarty Media and Sara O'Sha, CCPL's Audiovisual Services Supervisor. The webinar featured professional animator, Lisa Barcy, streaming from Chicago, who taught animation techniques employing drawing, paper cut-outs, and 3D objects. Participants registered at carmelclaylibrary.org. Once registered, a program/curriculum was emailed to the participants, along with a list of the tools, software, and supplies needed for the workshop.
The participants were encouraged to make an animated clip, using the techniques demonstrated in the program, and upload their clips to be judged.
Friday, July 17, 2020, Session two was held on Saturday, June 27, 2020, from 2 pm to 4 pm. There was a screening of the submitted clips to the stop motion animation contest. During the screening, Lisa Barcy made comments about the positive use of animation techniques used in each film. Lisa announced the winner of the stop motion animation contest, who was awarded a license to a copy of the Dragonframe professional stop motion animation software, a $300 value. A retrospective of Lisa Barcy's animation work was watched, and a Q&A with Lisa was conducted.
Outcome: The 2020 Carmel Film Forum: Stop Motion Animation Celebration. There were sixteen animated clips created for the Animated Clip Contest. A highlight reel of the animated clips can be seen HERE. The winner of the Animated Clip Contest was Olivia Witta from Carmel, Indiana. Her winning film can be seen in its entirety HERE.