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.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Using a sound clip to inspire

Space Moves from Gail West on Vimeo.

Animation tutorials, for Animation In A Box.

Two new video tutorials using the excellent Animation In A Box, perfect animation software for kids of all ages. These videos will introduce you to some basic principles of stop-motion animation, helping you to kick start your animation projects and improve your technique. This all in one package is perfect for children wanting to make their own animation films. weather they want to use lego, toys, felt or plasticine. More to come.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Animation at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery

These animations are too brilliant not to share! Made by staff from the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and local children's hospital, on a day long training event, I delivered.

The staff from the hospital wanted to animate using felt, as potentially it would be easier to work with. Almost instant and simple to prepare. Some of the young patients they would be working with could be animating stories etc in their hospital beds.

I love the simplicity of this film. Just animating the legs on the big bird, is enough to really bring the character to life and give him a fun personality.

It's got legs from Animation For Education on Vimeo.

This film mixes felt and plasticine to great effect, retelling a local classic about George VI.

A right royal dipping from Animation For Education on Vimeo.

I like the special effects in this animation. Using a long strand of hair, instead of fishing line, they were able to make the objects fly though the air. They thought it was cheating, I think it's creative problem solving.

Helga's Spell from Animation For Education on Vimeo.

We used a fun and easy to use webcam, which delivered great results even in poor lighting conditions.

The snail and the elephant from Animation For Education on Vimeo.

This animation-cam is now available from the Animation for Education website.