2-D Stop-Motion Animation Course for Beginners

Our journey into 'rough' stop-motion

‘Simplicity, creativity and use of the imagination was truly inspiring.'

Orlando Rivera, Principal,  
The American School of Bilbao,  Spain

 ‘How powerful it is to reach into your subconscious and somehow to extract the personality out of a lifeless being and give it life.’

Alia, Art Teacher
College du Leman, Geneva, Switzerland 

‘It’ s not just the happiness you feel. You feel like being somebody else doing something you’ve never done - Creating a new parallel world.’ 

Arancha, Learning Specialist
American School of Bilbao,  Spain 

Two-Dimensional Stop-Motion Animation Course

This is what you'll get:

  • Twelve individual short lessons with notes to get started
  • Fourteen videos explaining 2-D Stop-motion animation, translated in 3 languages (English, French and Spanish)
  • Two practical assignments inside the course giving you real-time feedback from the instructor personally
  • An opportunity to create your own stop-motion film
  • A course certificate upon completion

What you'll learn in this course?

Two-dimensional Stop-Motion Animation is a beginner’s course, utilising cardboard or paper cut-out characters and your artistic skills to create a short stop-motion film. By the end of the course, you will have a completed product, which is ready to be showcased to your friends and social networks.

We shall guide you through all the stages of producing your first stop-motion animation film, from your initial concept, storyboarding, to timing how long your piece will run, building or cutting out your characters, using a simple set or a Greenscreen backdrop, to shooting and editing your footage and adding music and sound effects on your iPad or iPhone.

Gary Friedman Bio 2021


Gary Friedman is a puppeteer, animator and film-maker, who initially developed international adult-education puppetry and film projects based on HIV- AIDS, Democracy, Corruption, Abuse and Prisons work starting in the eighties.

Brought up in Apartheid South Africa, Friedman unleashed his puppets on the streets in Cape Town, to take on the regime’s harsh suppression in 1980.

‘Puns en Doedie’ (Puppets Against Apartheid) used satire to reflect the news and views of the people on the streets. In 1987, Friedman studied ‘Puppetry for Film and Television’, with Muppet-master Jim Henson.

After many years of producing ‘Puppets Against Aids’ internationally, Friedman co-produced a voter education television series for South African’s first democratic election in 1994.

In 2001, Friedman took up residency in Australia and became an international Puppetry-in-Education consultant, while at the same time producing documentary and stop-motion animation films.

Today he teaches puppetry and stop-motion animation at schools and universities around the world and in-between, creates short stop-motion films in his studio in Melbourne.

As a recent convert to Stop-Motion, after working for fifty years in the world of puppetry, Friedman discovered the links between the two arts fascinating and extraordinary. The vital roles of breath and performing without human language, as well as using humour to tackle socio-political issues have always been the signature elements of his work.

2020 has provided the impetus to develop online workshops and courses for the first time.

Gary is very excited to share his skills with performers, teachers and students all over the world using this online-format. Animator and film-maker, Gary Friedman, developed international adult-education puppetry and film projects based on HIV- AIDS, Democracy, Corruption, Abuse and Prisons work.

Brought up in Apartheid South Africa, Gary unleashed his puppets onto the streets, with satire, to take on the regime’s harsh suppression with ‘Puns en Doedie’ (Puppets Against Apartheid) in 1980.

In 1987, Friedman studied ‘Puppetry for Film and Television’, with Muppet-master Jim Henson and began ‘Puppets Against Aids’.

He later co-produced a voter education television series using the puppet to educate viewers about voting in South Africa in 1994, when his puppet interviewed President Nelson Mandela.

This was followed by ‘Puppets in Prison’.

In 2001, Friedman took up residency in Australia. Today he teaches puppetry and stop-motion animation at schools and universities internationally and online, and in-between creates stop-motion film in his Langwarrin, Victoria studios.