The Clip Club

Primary after-school club in East London, UK – we watch, talk about, shoot and edit short films and clips

Archive for the month “January, 2016”

Clip Club animation research BFI

The Clip Club went to the Mediatheque at The British Film Institute on 25 January 2016 and watched some animations from the 1950’s to the present day to get some inspiration for our own film. The Mediatheque is an archive of thousands of British TV programmes, films and documentaries. Anyone can go and watch them for free.

We watched a documentary about Nick Park and Aardman Animation (South Bank Show). Nick Park made the Wallace and Grommit films and Shaun the Sheep – he has won 4 Oscars. We learned about his childhood influences, such as comic books and aspects of his local area.

We also watched these unusual animations, looking at some of the techniques used:

Mary’s Birthday (1951) (10 mins) by Lotte Reiniger – one of the first animators. The film’s about some flies and germs who want to ruin a child’s birthday party. It uses cut out drawings and silhouettes.

The Amazing Adventures of Morph (1980) (5 mins) by Tony Hart – Morph’s Birthday party using clay and stop motion.

The Sandman (1991) 10 mins by Paul Berry – scary stop motion animation using puppets. It took 3 years to make and was nominated for an Oscar in 1992. More information on this film can be found here – film synopsis and info about the Director.

Members of the club also interviewed Mark Reid – Head of Education at the BFI about the importance of animation as a film form – see above. Thanks Mark!

The after school session (number 3) went ahead as normal. We talked a bit about what had inspired us over the morning, and some of the more surreal and  nightmarish aspects of the films we saw. We also got to grips with the Artsbox app and website. This is the platform where we will document our activities and provide evidence of what we are learning. We got the logins etc. sorted out and started making pages using photos stored in the Google Drive.

There was also time for a quick film 10 minute film shoot where the brief was to make a film in 4 shots. It involved a tinsel monster and 4 unsuspecting readers in a library…


Very short animation to try out

Make a clay face

I came across this and thought it was fun… how did the animator make it?

Here’s an animation exercise you could try at home if you have an iPad. Animate your own monster in 4 moves. There are some free animation apps you can download like iMotion…. and all you need then is some plasticine or model making clay.

Arts Award and Clip Club

Hello Clip Club followers! It’s January 2016 and we’ve started a new club with new people! The group will be working towards gaining their Arts Award certificate. The Club has been asked by an organisation called Into Film to run a ‘pilot project’ to see how children and young people can get the Award through film-making and animation. We’ve had two sessions so far and we’ve watched some shorts on Youtube, talked about camera shots, angles and distances, looked at some flip books and also had a go at animating with clay.

In our first session, in order to introduce some film language, we watched the Korean animation ‘Birthday Boy’, by Sejong Park. See below:

We talked about what the film meant, but also about the film shots and sounds that comprised the film.

To get the Award each participant has to commit to a number of hours in which they learn and interact with film, art, cultural organisations, make their own film and document the process. From the ‘stories’ in the flip books, we have thought about using the theme of ‘the surreal’, which includes dreams and odd combinations of ideas that create new art forms, all of which will help us to make our own imaginative stop motion animations.

Lucia tried out the free iMotion app and made her own animations at home. We also watched this blue man animation on Youtube and talked about the sounds and how the character addresses the audience with his eyes:



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