Summer workshop helps kids create their own film
by Laura Haley
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School is almost out for the summer, which for many school-aged kids will mean lots of free time. This year, a new option will be available for many kids, said Moab resident Pippa Thomas. Spy Hop, a Salt Lake City-based nonprofit that mentors young people in digital media arts, will offer a week-long summer program that will allow children to “write, direct, animate and star in their own film,” Thomas said in a news release.

Moab resident, Natalie Grout, helped Thomas organize the classes. “It gives [kids] experience in filmmaking, stop motion, animation, and songwriting,” Grout said.

Students will attend mini-workshops that cover animation software, writing songs using GarageBand, acting for a camera and using digital design.

Thomas said three different classes were originally planned to accommodate kids age 7 to 9, 10 to 12 and 13 to 16. However, as of early May only one student had signed up for the 13- to 16-year-old age group, so that class might be canceled. A minimum class size of 12 is required, Thomas said. Registration will remain open until May 17, Thomas said.

Registration for the other two classes is scheduled to also close on May 17, but if those classes have not met the maximum of 15 participants, registration will be kept open for a longer period. The classes cost $175 thanks to fundraising efforts that lowered the cost from $250, Thomas said.

“We need to set a good foundation this year,” Thomas said. “Then next year we can offer more financial assistance.”

Organizers are working with Tara Penner from the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission to do a film screening fundraiser to showcase the students’ films.

Classes will be held July 29 to Aug. 2. Students will meet three hours each day at Helen M. Knight Elementary School. Information and registration is available online at

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