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ACMI's Spring School Holiday Program

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The team at The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) have arranged a fun-packed program for the kids to spring into over the next school holiday break.

The following events, workshops and screenings will be sure to keep curious minds busy and entertained this September and October:

Family Day: Jungle Party
When: Sun 28 Sep, 10am to 4pm
Cost: FREE

"Move it, move it" on down to ACMI's Madagascar themed jungle party, in a day filled with free animal activities for kids and families.

Madagascar Party at ACMI

Complimenting ACMI's exclusive DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, this special day will include craft, screen workshops and performances.

Swing in from 10am and start monkeying around dressed as your favourite Madagascar character. The first 100 people to arrive in costume will receive free entry to DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition.

Kids Claymation: Animated Escapades Workshop
When: Thu 25 Sep and Fri 26 Sep, 10am to 4pm
Cost: Full $90 Concession $80 ACMI Member $75

Aimed at children aged 9 to 12yrs, this one-day workshop will have your kids creating their very own claymation spectacular.

Seen in films such as Curse of the Were Rabbit (2005) and Chicken Run (2000), claymation is a fun and popular animation technique involving numerous photographs of clay characters which are then stitched together to form a short story.

Combined with designed sets and studio lighting, claymation films come to life as frames are sped up and sound effects are introduced. Your children will learn tricks and techniques of stop motion animation including how to develop a story, plan shots, create characters from clay and set backgrounds.

The cost includes a take-home USB flash drive containing your child's finished film. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information and booking details head to ACMI's creative workshops webpage here.

Kids Drop-in: Screen Safari
When: Mon 22 Sep to Fri 26 Sep
Mon 29 Sep to Fri 3 Oct
Sessions from 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm
Cost: FREE

An exciting drop-in green screen workshop adventure designed for children aged 8 to 12yrs.

ACMI Green Screen Drop-in Workshop
ACMI Green Screen Drop-in Workshop

Your children will play a part in an exciting expedition as it unfolds across a series of exotic locations inspired by scenes in the Madagascar movies. Just like Alex, Marty and Melman, your children will never know where they will end up.

This will be a great opportunity to work on performance skills and learn how a green screen studio works.

Sessions are FREE. Drop in ten minutes before the hour, for sessions beginning at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Make a Movie
When: Mon 22 Sep to Wed 24 Sep, 10am to 4pm
Cost: Full $270 Concession $250 ACMI Member $230

Calling all budding filmmakers aged 9 - 12yrs, this three day workshop must not be missed.

Working in a small group under the guidance of experienced staff, your children will create a team name for their movie 'studio', pitch ideas, write a script, storyboard, act, direct and operate a camera. Filming takes place on location at ACMI and around Federation Square.

ACMI Kids Movie Making Workshop
ACMI Kids Movie Making Workshop

The film is cut together in ACMI's post-production studio, where special effects and a soundtrack will be added. On the last day of the workshop, participants attend a 'red carpet film premiere' with two invited guests.

The cost includes a take-home USB flash drive containing the finished film. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information and booking details head to ACMI's creative workshops webpage here.

The Animation Challenge: Pt 5
When: Sun 21 Sep, 10am
Cost: Free limited capacity

This intermix filmmaking program is aimed at young people aged 15-20. In celebration of DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition, this series of workshops has followed the DreamWorks Animation pipeline to create a short animated film over five months. This will be the fifth and final workshop in the extended series, focusing on editing all animations into a complete film.

Music, narration, voice-over and sound effects techniques are also explored in this final editing stage. Films are then rendered before a colour grade is added to the production. On film completion, participants will discover the best places to screen it and learn about the competitions open to animators. Register by emailing

Kids' Flicks
When: see below
Cost: from $5 to $9 for 3D (includes hire of 3D glasses)

A fun-filled DreamWorks Animation feature films program will delight and captivate the imagination of children, parents and guardians. There will be a selection feature films (many in glorious 3D) for the spring school holidays including:

Megamind 3D
Sat 20 Sep, Sun 21 Sep, 10.30am, 1pm

Kung Fu Panda 2 3D
Mon 22 Sep, Tue 23 Sep, 10.30am, 1pm

Puss in Boots 3D
Wed 24 Sep, Thu 25 Sep, 10.30am, 1pm

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted 3D
Fri 26 Sep, Sat 27 Sep, 10.30am, 1pm

Rise of the Guardians 3D
Sun 28 Sep, Mon 29 Sep, 10.30am, 1pm

How To Train Your Dragon 3D
Tue 30 Sep, Wed 1 Oct, 10.30am, 1pm

Turbo 3D
Thu 2 Oct, Fri 3 Oct, 10.30am and 1pm

Mr Peabody & Sherman
Sat 4 Oct, Sun 5 Oct, 10.30am, 1pm

ACMI DreamWorks Movie Screening, School Holidays

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition
When: until Sunday 5 October 2014
Cost: Full $22.50 Concession $16 Child (4-15 years) $10

This will be your last chance to visit DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition from sketch to screen. A world exclusive, right here in Melbourne.

Image credit Andrew Morley
Image credit Andrew Morley
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Why? Keep the kids entertained in spring school holidays
When: Starting Sun 21 Sept - Sun 5 Oct, 2014
Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria
Cost: Some activities are free, check article for details
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