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Animation Station – day 2

Day 2 at the Animation Station saw children developing their animation skills in new ways, we experimented with full body animation, made new characters using collage and perfected our skills using the i-motion app.

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We began the day by looking at what we had achieved and watching a showreel of the films made by the children in Day 1, we discussed what went well and what we could improve.

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The length of time between frames

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How to use titles and backgrounds effectively

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How to make sure fingers stay out of the shots by using sticks and strings to move characters.

How to include sound and music – which was beyond the scope of this course!

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Click the image for a link to the showreel from Day 1.

Amy then introduced the idea of a full body animation like the one below

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Click the image to view the film.

We got straight to work storyboarding ideas for a short narrative in our groups.

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Amy showed the children how to suspend a camera and take individual shots from above to animate their bodies.

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The children got to work making props, costumes and speech bubbles to tell their story.

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It was a lovely atmosphere – the children were engrossed in making, enjoying the freedom of working on a larger scale. They had freedom to move about, choose materials and develop ideas in a larger space. It was a lovely contrast to the closer animation work using the app and an opportunity to stretch the legs and move the body.

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As they finished, they rehearsed the sequence of their shots in order to tell their story, refining their ideas as they went.

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While Amy helped the children film their final animation the children went back to working with the app to refine their skills. They used a new technique to make characters to animate.

We collaged characters from images in magazines and mounted them on card, making props to stand them up.

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We had got much better at manipulating our characters and our films became much more slick.

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As the day came to an end we began to prepare for our screening; tickets, leaflets and posters were made and the work showing our process displayed.

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We had a great turn out of parents.

Watch this space for links to the showreels of the animations made – we are particularly looking forward to seeing the body animation films. Bear with us until we gather all the films into one place!

 

 

 

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