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 category “Animation”

Animation about children and film

This is an animated film by illustrator / animator Louis Cochrane interpreting some of my friend Becky’s research.

Shall we plan a Year 6 EE demo?

For various reasons there are only 5 of us in the 26 Nov session – instead of the normal 8 or 9, which is sad in some ways but kind of nice in other ways. We watched and listened to some of the stuff we’ve been producing in previous sessions (ipad work here and the short that Michelle made for a conference here) and decided it would be a good idea to take up something that Leonardo suggested at the end of an interview about Clip Club.

He’d really like to share his knowledge and doesn’t think it’s fair that only ‘the clubbers’ get to do this kind of work. So we think of how we might demonstrate how the “Explain Everything” (EE) app works. Gman immediately takes up the reins, followed by Clara and Wizard23. With the iPad linked to the whiteboard, they imagine a handwritten Intro that animates: “Hello Year 6” with a narration (and voice acting) over the top. We carry on like this and create 3 possible slides to show to the rest of the Year. They’re all doing autobiographies at the moment so it might be useful for that project.

I am including two EE examples below that inspired us a few weeks ago to have our first go at drawing, animating and narrating, panning and zooming as we go … it’s not our work but something found on Youtube. We think it’s simple and great!

Here’s another one from Diane Horvath’s channel – it seems she’s doing some great ‘mobile learning’ with young children in Medfield, Massachusetts, USA. Liking the high angle and the cinematic feel to the drawing below:

The work done in this session is very much like story-boarding and shooting a film simultaneously (at the same time), because we end up having to redo a few slides a number times to get it right, like doing re-takes of the same scene… and, it gets better every time because we can fix the mistakes very easily. It’s also very funny as everyone has to keep quiet while recording is going on… and some of us – adults included – find this quite difficult!

November sessions

During November we’ve been getting to grips with the Explain Everything app on the iPads and playing with its many features: animation, camera/movie function, pinching, scrolling, panning, zooming, enlarging, drawing, designing slides, voice recording, exporting to .mov files, importing photos/images, saving to Dropbox and this kind of thing. The idea is to make some digital audiovisually illustrated stories. Here are some examples of the work we’ve been doing so far:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Big Match’ analysis

man in the moonWe begin to look at how the animation in our last sessionThe Big Match –  is designed and how it illustrates the voice-over story. We write some things down to do with colour, setting, story and sequence. Here are some of the things we notice in the first 40 seconds of the film:

  • the bright green colour (keeps coming back)
  • text from newspaper cuttings
  • drawn postcard of a city with a coffee stain (that Leonardo notices)
  • cardboard box background
  • a 3D McDonalds scene
  • cut outs of customers and bits of the shop flipping up in McDonalds
  • a video clip in a scrap of paper
  • little boy kicks the football out of the video into the animated sky, watched by the man in the moon
  • “Over / the / Moon” from magazine cuttings
  • the moon is the same shape as the football
  • photos mixed with black and white drawings
  • handwriting
  • sunshine and sky mean happiness
  • happy music then sadder music talking about his Dad…
  • sports shop in the sky
  • pacman eating the screen like a transition (Leonardo’s idea)
  • the concept of retro – meaning something that imitates the style of something from the past

Then we split up – each with an iPad and headphones – to watch, pause and scroll through the rest of the movie to pick up other design techniques for their own ‘making of a memory’.

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Here are other design elements we notice from the film:

And more:

  • panning shot across the railings, photo in background
  • photo of living room on newspaper, live action on TV
  • aerial shot of town
  • black outline of Dad and kid
  • extreme close-up of green tickets
  • rainbow & multiples of jumping kid
  • newspaper headlines
  • whistle blowing
  • crowds cheering
  • panning shot across stalls selling hats
  • bovril cups in newspaper
  • cross dissolves watching game
  • aerial, high angle shot to finish

Clara finishes early and goes to another room to record and then re-record her own story using Garageband. She’s brought a tiger soft toy with her to start collecting things to help tell the story of a trip to Dublin Zoo with her family.

Leonardo has brought a video he made on his phone – of him telling his story – but we have problems getting it off the phone. We’ll try again next week by blue toothing or using a cable.

Wizard 23 has also brought something in to share – his first football shirt. Mr. P is going to keep this safe till next week when we will have time to listen to his story and take photos.

Thanks to Nimbus for helping to set up the iPads with some efficient QR code scanning so that everyone had easy access to the clip … and then putting all the iPads away at the end!

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