The Tabletop Moviemaking method was developed by Brick Maier, a former middle school Language Arts teacher in Los Angeles. The method and all its support materials are the result of three years of action research conducted by Brick while on a Fulbright grant in Ireland in 2004. His method has been used throughout the US and Europe.
Tabletop Moviemaking draws on the history of Juvenile Drama and puppet theatre popularized in the Victorian period. Salvador Dali and filmmaker Orson Wells are among some of the more well known enthusiasts. Tabletop Moviemaking preserves the core elements of paper theater while using new technologies to share stories with a larger audience.