For this project each member of our class was asked to collect a
digital image that would fit each category including animal, mechanical, face,
landscape, and texture. Then we were instructed to create a monster in a
landscape by collageing the digital images together in Photoshop. Last we
created another Photoshop file where we built up a series of layers that we
used to change the position of our characters to create an animation. I
chose to make an alien like character using dog fur and a flamingo body and
placed it in a Mountain climate, which is made from actual mountains, a
butterfly, clouds, and a sculpture.
I tried to really dissect the photographs and change the coloring so they weren't recognizable and to create a cartoon like atmosphere. The choice of the snowy climate allowed me to make the background black and white so my character would be more visible.
I also like the extra addition of the snow falling to add interest to the
animation. I chose to leave the head and body of my character in two different
layers so they could move separately to add subtle interest and corkiness to my
character, but with such limited time it was hard to portray this when I
actually created the movie. This was definitely my first attempt at an
animation so it is very rough and short, but I am excited about the knowledge
I've gained through this project and the possibilities it could offer in the
future. You can take a look at the animation through the link at the beginning of this paragraph.
Some ideas for working with this method of animation in a classroom include:
- Having the kids use this type of animation in combination with a creative writing project so they could narrate their own monster movie, or whatever subject they choose to use.
- You could have kids make an animation with a photo of them self and use the concept of collage for the background scenery where they could create their own imaginary world.
- You could use this collage technique to create a landscape over a photo of your students head. You could then document this process gradually through an animation that shows the different steps the student took to change their face into a landscape.