Showing posts with label animation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label animation. Show all posts

Monday, May 15, 2017

Free Continuing Education from FutureLearn

I recommend Future Learn online courses from the UK. They are free and every course so far has been chock a block full of information, with fabulous links to what is happening now around the world in the fields of your chosen topics.

Courses I've been taking over the last year are
Film Making And Animation In The Classroom    - The British Film Institute
Teaching Literacy Through Film
Explore Animation  -  National Film & Television School UK

The Enterprise Shed, Making Ideas Happen - Trinity College Dublin (I think this one is closed now so I don't have a link)
Digital Story Telling - University of Birmingham
Writing Fiction  - The Open University UK




These are small characters of plasticine created for a project creating animated movies using iPads, iMotion App, and iMovie with grade fours at Lord Nelson Elementary School. I was able to share what I learned from Future Learn with the children. My lesson plan reads like a book now. Now there's another idea. I wonder if teachers would want a lesson plan for this topic?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cars, Fish & A Castle Animation Project



Cars, Fish and Castle

My animation project is now up on You Tube. I think students will find this a stepping off point into making their own simple animations. I am making a Lesson Plan Package for this.

Monday, September 10, 2012

NUNS & COWBOYS

After much deliberation I posted  my new video on YouTube. I have no idea what to do with it but I am so glad I made the piece. I guess an artist just has to keep on making art. So I may as well share this with my dear friends who also blog and who occasionally come by maplepancakes. Thanks for being there!

The video is six minutes long. The story is about a kid living in the 1950's and her discovery of cowboy movies. So far I have shared it with my friends and I posted it on my portfolio blog.

My project was an experiment in animation.
I created the animation using an online drawing program created by Zefrank and Mario Klingemann, edited in Painter 12, and animated clips created using my drawings in sequences with Animationish (A wonderful animation program designed for kids).

I used my iPad to record the sound track with Garage Band. I had to make a few runs through it to get it without helicopters flying past or ambulances or even crazy drivers spinning wheels on the streets below. I recorded in the bathroom but then it sounded as if I'd recorded in the bathroom. I recorded in the bedroom with the story taped to my closet door so that I could stand up and read the whole thing without stopping because I haven't figured out how to split tracks without them sounding disconnected. I also added voice tracks running under the dialogue. I became singing nuns and then later for the video, the voices of kids playing cowboys.

If anyone had been looking in at me sitting with my iPad laying tracks into Garage Band they might have thought I'd lost my mind.

But it is now finished and I had so much fun with it I am so glad I put the time into it.

If anyone wants to comment I will be so happy to know you looked at it.

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

IF / Return

The word this week on Illustration Friday is RETURN.
So if I choose to post this bunch of experiments all together I could say say something like
"These little characters are the beginnings of my return to a love of experimenting with animation",

Or I could write
"The cats watched and waited for the return of Freddy the mouse and his twin brother Dexter."
Or I could say
"The rainbow goose returned alone after his long journey. He ran through the fields just outside the town hoping his sweetheart would have arrived ahead of him."
"The surving octupus and a few fishes returned to their home lagoon to delight in the purity of clean water after so many months of swimming around deadly oil spills in the ocean."
And I could also write
'Albert returned to school with his wonderful painting rolled up and safe in his back pack ready to show to the class."
Dear reader, if you are still with me I would give you a big hug. Thanks for coming by.

Friday, March 09, 2012

Benefits of Entering a Contest / Win or Lose


 The winner of the Toon Boom Animated Valentine Contest was a teenage girl with Autism with an intense interest in Animation, lots of facebook friends who voted for her and great family support. This is a good thing.

Entering the Valentine Animation Contest had benefits for all contestants. For me the best parts are
  • Free Software, Flip Doodle Boom, an inexpensive software for teachers and kids enabling them to create short Animations with ease.
  • In this moment of great enthusiasm, I downloaded a free demo of another program called Animationish  which I LOVE because it is drawing based. So I purchased a copy for myself. It is worth every penny!
  • I know teachers would find it a great way to teach basic classical animation to young art students of all ages and it sells at a very reasonable price compared to expensive Toon Boom software products for professionals.
All is well. Here is what I made for you dear blog friends today. A one minute video using Animationish with images edited in Corel Painter and Corel Video Studio.
I call it  Happy Chickens. Do you think they might make a neat e-birthday card?
Oh! And don't miss Albert's smile at the end which is an experiment to see if you can import jpegs and png files into Animationish. And you can!


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Simon's Cat in 'The Box'

A friend on Facebook noted this animation today and I think it is brilliant. Cat lovers everywhere will laugh and relate. Simon the animator certainly knows his cats.
He has a series of them. Enjoy!