Online Stop-Frame Animation and Story-Telling Courses for People with a Story to Tell.

"If you can't find a way of telling your story, your story will tell you" (Grosz)

'Everyone has got a story and anyone can make a film.'

Stop-Frame Animation is an accessible and magical medium in which to tell stories. Stories that come from our memory, imagination, from archives, diaries, our body, fairy tales, stories made up or half remembered or stories that emerge naturally through the filmmaking process. It is a powerful medium that encourages reflection, self-expression and directorial control.

I am offering an online stop-frame animation and storytelling course to help you make your own film and tell the story you want to tell.

As way of introduction there is a taster Free Beginners Course which will show the basics of stop-frame animation using the Stop Motion Studio app. for a phone or tablet (Apple or Android) and will include 2 tasks for you too try out.

This is available by contacting me here or signing up here.

Then, if you want to progress 

Level 1 ; Animated Memoirs- Make your own Animated Film: an 8 module course developing your skills and ideas to tell your own story and make your own film.

Level 2 - (on completion of level 1) Working with Animation and Storytelling with others in clinical, educational, therapeutic, social or participatory settings. (ready in autumn 2020)

Level 1 Course; Animated Memoirs will include;

Making puppets (clay, shadow, cut-outs), More information on the stop motion studio app, story development and structure, backgrounds and props, sound and support in editing and putting it all together.

The courses will be;





Narrative based



Who are the courses for?

Health professionals

Education professionals


Anyone; who has a story they want to tell (even if they might not know what that story is).

What do you need?

At minimum you need a smart phone and/or tablet (apple or android) and an app called Stop Motion Studio. It is also useful to have a tripod and a phone or tablet holder that connects to the tripod. (The course will include a list of recommended equipment).

Art materials are also useful… plasticine, clay, black card, paper and pencils, glue etc. but they are not essential, you can animate anything (clothes, shoes, furniture, stationary, people).


How does it work?

Once you sign up you will be sent a link to each module every 2 weeks, this will include a video link with tutorials as well as instruction, factsheets and tasks. This will give you time to learn the techniques and then start practising, making and messing around with them.

The Modules

1. Claymation puppets and their armatures.

2. Shadows, shadow puppets and cut-out puppets.

3. Stop Motion Studio app (including adding sound).

4. Drawn animation (with paper, pencil and a rubber) and on a tablet .

5. Backgrounds, sets, props and lighting.

6. Story Development and Structure how to access your story, storyboards, comics, animatics and handmade books.

7. Sound including music, voiceovers, sound effects and lip sync.

8. 'Bringing the whole thing together' (including looking at editing options) as well as adding live action footage, still images and archive footage.

I will set you a task for each module and the course includes up to 4 hours 1:1 online support with me for extra support, guidance, encouragement, cajoling and mentoring..

I also offer extra 1:1 support and mentoring at £50 per hour.

Your films once complete will be posted (if you are happy) on an Animated Tales page.



Price (at this pilot stage) is reduced at £160. Contact me here to sign up or for enquiries.

I will be working in cohorts with a limited number at a time. There will be one bursary for those who are low waged in each cohort which will offer the course at a greater reduced rate; email me here to enquire



"The way it was structured stimulated collective imagination and made small group collaboration easy"

“It was fun and also so meaningful professionally.”

“It was most thought provoking, and I loved the use of the fairy tale as a vehicle for further thought.”

"The film we made very much exceeds my expectations.”