Tuesday, April 3, 2012

This short animation was made by Primary Teachers using Animation In A Box with the new mini rostrums stands. These easy to assemble, affordable stands make animation projects with young children even easier. The camera from the box screws into the tripod thread on the stand in seconds, making it a very sturdy animation set-up. 

These mini rostrum stands are only £30.00 plus postage. Have a look at them here, Animation In A Box Rostrum Stands

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Animation Challenge

A great opportunity to create a short animation film and enter into a fun music focused competition.

Using preprepared sound tracks from the silent music genre and era of film making, animate to the music and create a short animation for screening in Birmigham on the big screen.

More info here

Remember keep your ideas bold, simple, fun and entertaining.

Let me know how you get on and I can post your creations here.

I'll try and find time to create a short example, which I'll post here.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A tribute to Andy Wahol.

Made by the art department of Kingshurst Academy, on a recent teacher training day, the teachers wanted to create a fun resource they could use with their students to inspire understanding about Andy Wahol. As well as creating an animation example that could be used to demonstrate the process and be a starting point for creating other short animations based on famous artists.

The four teachers created the art work in about 1.5 hours.

Then using Animation In A Box they shot the animation and added the sound in just under 2hrs, using the software and camera.

This style of drawn animation was first created by some year 10 students, and is very effective for creating a sense of movement and time, and doesn't require a huge number of different drawings.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hello from Pudsey Bear

Animated Pudsey Bear. This is a great example of a simple idea, also only one feature on Pudsey is being animated at a time, making the short sequence easy to watch for the viewer.

This animation was made with Animation In A Box in only 2 hours. This great studio solution makes animating quick and easy for all ages and abilities.

Made for Children in need.

Friday, November 11, 2011


This film was made yesterday, with a small group of teachers on a training event, from Wrington Primary School, in North Somerset. Touching, simple and very relevant for today. I love the way the rain drops, look like tears, falling onto the mud. Made on the day long animation masterclass, with Oscar Stringer

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Special effects are also animation

All the special effects we see in films, TV programmes and adverts, are a form of animation. Similar to stop-motion animation, special effects are drawn, painted or composited onto individual frames, one at a time. This short tutorial video shows you how to make a Lego Indiana Jones wink, drawing onto the individual frames, that have already been captured. Using the drawing tools that are a feature of the animation studio software that comes with Animation In A Box, from The Real Animation Company. You can draw and paint simple effects onto your already captured animation. The key to success here is making sure the effects are quick and don't last too long, also a sound effect can be added to them to give the effect more depth and have been planned in advance. Painting a wink onto a Lego character is a good place to start.