Each student who works on the Mini Movie Project is introduced to the work of Matthew Albanese. His photographs appear to depict natural landscapes in a variety of dramatic situations. On closer inspection, the student learns that these scenes are actually miniature - constructed from an exciting range of materials, from household items such as aluminum foil to the eccentric such as peacock feathers. Students will write an original premise for stop-motion video, storyboard its events, then participate in the building of sets, characters, and lighting solutions. This workshop focuses heavily on treating the environment as a character in the narrative, while limiting camera motion to a single static shot. These limitations are intended to challenge the student to tell a concise story and own their choices. Secondarily, it helps to keep each video on a realistic timeline and allows for themes to develop across multiple videos.