Local youth learn stop-motion animation at the hands of Laika Entertainment Inc., Oregon’s successful animation studio that makes feature films. Here are some of the short films created by students at Crow’s Shadow.
1. Donna Henderson and that time we listened to Bloodsucker Proxy simultaneously
2. Good music from my youth (Brand New, SoCo, Motion City Soundtrack, DCFC)
3. The most amazing selfie game
5. Girl Meets World
January - A new year doesn’t always mean that people will change. Stop expecting so much from people that continue to let you down. This is your chance to start fresh. Forget about the troubles and the worries of last year. It’s time to stop looking behind you, and start looking forward.
February - Don’t feel pressured to get into a relationship. You don’t always need someone to buy you chocolates and flowers to show you your worth. Treat yourself. Go out with friends, do something spontaneous. You don’t need to be in a relationship in order to experience happiness.
March - I know how easy it can be to fall into monotonous routines. Wake up, go to school, come home, do your homework, go to sleep, and repeat. Switch things up, even if it’s something small. Wake up early, watch the sunrise, and go for a run. Don’t spend your youth just going through the motions. Live a little.
April - There will be periods of time where all you will feel of yourself is regret and self-hatred. It’s okay. These feelings will pass. Make time for yourself. It’s okay to put your needs ahead of others. You can’t put someone else’s happiness before hours and think you can call that a selfless form of love. This is not the end, push through it.
May - You know the say “April showers bring May flowers”? Remember that. That period of self-hatred you had? Well now it’s your time to flourish. You deserve to be happy. Nurture the flowers growing within you with love, care, and happiness. Remember to always smile, even if you don’t feel like it. I promise it makes a difference.
June - It’s okay to feel overwhelmed by final exams. There’s only so much you can do so just try your best. You’ve made it this far. Summer is coming and soon you’ll be free to do what you wish. You can make it through this final stretch.
July - Don’t waste your summer vacation stuck inside. Go outside and feel the warm sun on your skin. Plan adventures with your friends. Stay out and watch the sunset and look at the stars. You don’t need to travel to have a good summer.
August - I know school is starting and you’re scared, but it’s okay. Remember how you made it through last year? You can make it again. Take it one day at a time.
September - How long has it been since you’ve laughed sincerely? Don’t take everything so seriously. It’s okay to let your guard down. Go out and meet new people. Get out of your comfort zone, time is fleeting.
October - Your first heartbreak will always hit you the hardest. You will break into a million pieces over and over again. I can’t tell you how long this feeling will last but I can tell you that love is not just heartbreak and tears. It is so much more and one day you will find someone who shows you what love really feels like.
November - Everything takes progress. If this wasn’t a good year for you, that’s okay. Remember to surround yourself with people who love you. Take it easy okay? The year is winding down and just think of how far you’ve come. Be kind to yourself.
December - Be proud of yourself for making it through another year. I know it was hard but you did. Don’t punish yourself over the mistakes you’ve made this past year. You’re worth so much more than you give yourself credit for. You deserve to be happy. Remember that you get to start again from a brand new slate. You get to leave all of your troubles and worries behind. You get a brand new year to make new memories, meet new people, read new books. Your life is what you make of it, so make it extraordinary. Breathe in, breathe out and let go. It’s time to start a new chapter in your life. The pages are blank and you get to decide how your story plays out.