Animation Station

Thank you for your interest in The Loft Cinema’s Summer Animation Camp! Please complete the form below. Animation Station Application forms are subject to space and will get confirmation of placement by The Loft team. If you have any questions about the camp or application, email our Outreach Coordinator at [email protected]  

The Loft Cinema Kids’ Fest Animation Station

July 1-12, 2024

Staff: Ana Quiñones, Haley McFeely, Monique Murrieta, Victor Bostick

Questions? Email [email protected] 



As part of The Loft Cinema’s mission to build community through the love of film, the Animation Station summer program aims to provide Tucson’s young artists with an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how movies are made. The students in the program will work with certified educators and UA film school graduates to practice collaboration skills and progression through a creative process. Instructors from The Loft’s talented staff will guide participants through the terminology, craft, and steps required to turn their ideas into animation!



Students who complete this workshop will be able to: 

  • Create an animated short film with a runtime of 1-5 minutes
  • Screen their film at The Loft Cinema
  • Develop basic filmmaking skills, such as writing, lighting, sound recording, and set building
  • Collaborate with a small group of peers on a shared vision
  • Manage project tasks within a two-week period
  • Present their work to an audience
  • Evaluate the overall experience of filmmaking



  • Adobe Premiere
  • Tascam/Sound Recorder
  • Lamps/lighting kit
  • Playdoh
  • Legos/toys/action figures
  • Construction paper
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Crepe paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers
  • Boxes/Cardboard


Group Size & Age Range

A total of 24 students will be divided into two age groups – the first group will include children from the ages of 8-12 years and the second group will include adolescents from the ages of 13-16 years. Each age group will be further divided into small groups of six for their project.



  • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM with a 45 minute lunch break (Lunch will be provided each day of the program)


Overview of Workshop 

Week 1

  • July 1: introductions; presentation of genres; brainstorming; writing
  • July 2-3: writing; set building; preparing to shoot
  • July 5: catching up; storyboarding

Week 2

  • July 6-7: instructors model how to use equipment; begin to shoot
  • July 8-9: shooting, lighting, sound recording
  • July 10: completing projects



Ward 6 Tucson City Council Office

3202 East 1st Street, Tucson, AZ 85716


Final Screening Details

The students in this program and their loved ones are invited to view the completed short films!


Sunday, July 14 at 10:00 AM


The Loft Cinema

3233 East Speedway Blvd

Tucson, AZ 85716

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