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Hand drawn animation

Discussion in 'Media studies' started by dougleman, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I once tried a quick scheme where Y8 students hand drew the outline of a person's face without including the mouth or the eyeballs. The image was scanned so they had a template for creating half a dozen looped frames that made the face look like it was singing using graphics software for the drawing, and .gif animation software for joining the frames in a sequence. All the different singing faces were then edited together in Movie Maker and a soundtrack added. Hey presto, the whole class's animations all singing along to the same song.
     
  2. That sounds brilliant - what resources did you need pls?
     
  3. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    A5 paper for the outline drawings

    A scanner

    A shared storage area on the network for students to pick up their scanned images from.

    A graphics program to create half a dozen animation frames from the scanned template - in our case Paint Shop Pro or Paint

    An animation program that allows individual .gif or .jpeg files to be imported in sequence then exported as a .gif animation, in our case Animation Shop, which came attached to Paint Shop Pro 7. There are others.

    Windows Movie Maker for the teacher to edit all the different animated .gifs into a single video file for display.

    A suitably lively backing track. We used 'Surfin' Bird' by The Trashmen. You can always insert blank frames in between the singing bits.

    The beauty of the scheme is a) its simplicity and b) it allows individual students to work at their own differentiated pace yet still contribute to the whole class project, a sort of Wiki-Animation. It goes down well at Open Evenings.
     

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