The Book Bus takes Zoetrope to Jhapa!

This Zoetrope module combines storytelling and maker components to acquaint students with the fundamentals of making movies and animations.

During the U.S. Embassy’s Book Bus’ three-week long visit to Damak, Jhapa, from the 18th of February to the 7th of March, the Book Bus team piloted the intriguing Zoetrope and Stop Motion workshop to students from grades two and four at Pancha-Oti English School and Dhukurpani Higher Secondary School. This Zoetrope module combines storytelling and maker components to acquaint students with the fundamentals of making movies and animations.

Although films can be incredibly impactful and inspiring, many of us are unfamiliar with the craft and the technology of film making, as well as the art of story-telling. Through this workshop, the Book Bus team demonstrated the making of films and animations in eras before the existence of modern cameras and animation technology.  Designed to encourage participants to create stories, this workshop aimed to reveal the endless possibilities of story-telling within this digitized era.

Every student we worked with made their own Zoetropes, and they also starred in this stop-motion video of the Book Bus. We’d like to thank them for being so expressive with their poses, and adding so much cuteness to this short film!

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