October 2009 Archives

Digital Workshop (Notes for Lesson Plans)

October 13th (Work Time with Students)

Today I was in the Tweed showing the students camera less animation techniques. When they came in we had a table set up with flipbooks, our presentation, and supplies to make flipbooks. I briefly described that we were going to make flipbooks out of 5-10 note cards. I told them to concentrate on transforming themselves in to something new. We then split up and sat with small groups of kids and helped them with their books. We were a little rushed for time because someone was using the room before we got there. They worked for about 7 min then had to move on to the computer animation. After they left we tried to get people wandering around the Tweed to come and learn about flipbooks with us. We only got a Dad and a boy to join us. They were very enthused. They each made a flipbook and we made thaumetropes with them.


Oct. 15th (Class Workday)

Today we split in to groups and had to come up with a fairytale and then make it new age by adding our own spin to it. It also had to concentrate on transformation. I ended up picking Pinocchio. I made up a simple visual plan that has us focusing on transformers, Roy Lichtenstein, and comic books. 


Oct. 20th (Work Time With Sutdents)

Tiffany and I got together with our two kids and we had them draw the main characters on to note cards. We then had them go in to the computers and try to re create them in Photoshop. One of the boys scanned his in to the computer and started drawing over it while the other girl drew from hand. They both worked fairly slowly and we found that we weren't sticking to our main plan of Roy Lichtenstein style of work.


Oct. 22nd (Class Work Time)

Tiffany and I had to figure out our problems from the previous class so we decided to story board our ideas out in to a more elaborate storyboard. We also went in to the computer and found images to go with our ideas. We decided that our other mode of animation would be through claymation. Over the weekend our plan was to create our visual poster, start some of the Photoshop images, and have a solid plan for Tuesday.

Oct. 27th (Work with Students

Today we started putting together some of our characters. Tiffany and i separated off and worked with the kids separately thinking that we would be able to get more done. I realized that either way the kids would work very slowly. I think that they weren't as comfortable in photoshop as we would have liked.

Oct. 29th (In Class Work time)

Today Tiffany and I both recognized that we were going to have to work alot outside of class to get everything done. We also needed to figure out what other type of animation we were going to incorporate in to our movie. We decided upon claymation. We were going to make the claymation objects and also keep working on the backgrounds so the students could solely work on the animation.

Nov. 3rd (Work with Students)

Today we spent half of the class time with students making a claymation. We had them manipulate a clay godizila so that it looked like it would melt. We encountered a problem with not being able to print our background so we had to do it all on a green screen and then we would have to delete the background one by one. We proceeded on to work on the final animations with the students.

Nov. 5th (In Class Work Time)

We put together our claymation pictures and made our animation. We were also given a run through on how to put all of our animations in to IMovie HD. We then finished up the last bits of our animations.

Nov. 10th (Work Time With Students)

Today we worked with the students in IMovie HD. We decided that both of the kids should be able to make their own separate movies. They each put the clips in to IMovie and then we added the transistions and sounds. It took most of the class to do all that. I then wrote down what the student wanted more of in the movie so I could work on it before next class.

Nov. 12th (In Class Work Time)

Our movies were due in class today. I went back trough the movie and added sub titles so the movie would be more cohesive. We got to view the movie in class and everything turned out.

Nov. 17th (Show and Tell)

Today we got to preview the students hard work with them and their families. I also ran the sand animation station where we worked on some transformations. The preview of the movies was a huge success!

Camera-less Animation

Camera-Less Animation

What Is It?

-Pre camera tactic to create the illusion of movement through a series of images




-Invented in 1826

-Thaumatrope= Turning marvel or wonder turner

-First optical/mechanical toy

How It Works?

-Small disc connected by a string on the sides

-Two images are drawn on either side in a way that when it spins it superimposes both images

Link: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2h9i5_2-thaumatropes_fun




-Invented in 1832 by Joseph Plateau

-Also named Spindle viewer

-Developed scientifically soon became amusement for children

How It Works?

-A wheel divided in to equal parts with animation in the center moving outward (like a spiral) with slits on the outside of the circle to view through.

Spin the wheel facing it towards a mirror and look at image through the slits in the mirror

Link: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/bdc/young_bdc/animation/animation3.htm




-Invented in 1834 by William Horner

-Also called the wheel of life

-Based on Plaetau's phenakistoscope

How It Works?

-Works the same way as the phenakistiscope

-It was put on the inside of a drum and the viewer would look in the slits and look down on the series of images

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKEM5sYnOjE&feature=player_embedded


Flip Book


-First form of animation in a linear sequence of images

-It was the birth of most cinema

How It Works?

-A book with images on each page

-When the pages are flipped they move in a sequence to create a story line

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UocF4ycBnYE&feature=player_embedded


Transitioning to Film

-Soon these techniques were taken to film by drawing or scratching in a linear motion on a strip of paper or film

-This would then be taped in sequence

How to Make a Zoetrope = http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Zoetrope


Creature Collage

I have done this project before in 2D Digital but not in the sense of making a creature and animating it.  The procedure of taking different images and make them in to different objects is not my strong point. I wanted to make sure that the creature was the main focus in the picture with an erie background. I also kept in the back of my mind that we were going to animate the creature so i let the "duck" be in the water so it could swim. 

I think this would be a great idea to do with highschoolers. Morphing things in to different things is interesting with them because their minds are so creative. They will be able to think of things that are unheard of. By giving them objects and letting their minds morph them in to something else will give them freedom to create above and beyond what we think they could do.


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