Some mini-films the kids made at last night’s animation club, using all their own characters and backgrounds. Animation is so good for unlocking children’s imaginations. We use Stop Motion Studio Pro on my iPad mini – it’s a brilliant free resource. We’ll be adding sound next week (all in the app) 🙂 Smart!
After a jam-packed session at TAAG on Tuesday, next on the bill is Animation Club at Teignmouth Library, kicking off next Monday from 4-5pm. See below for more details 🙂
Our theme will be Mythical Creatures (aka monsters!) and the kids will get to create and animate their own special mythical creature, making up unique, individual stories.
We still have places available, so please get in touch if you need more info and to book!
Although we’re all familiar with them, animal characters are a pretty strange idea really. Animals who dress up, eat, speak and generally behave just like humans…? Paddington is a great example, and there are so many to choose from: Mr Toad, Top Cat, Dangermouse, Roger Rabbit, the list is (almost) endless.
So during the past couple of sessions we’ve been inventing our own at Magic Carpet, and then making them into little 3D cutouts, with their own “environment”.
I’m a massive fan of both “How to Train Your Dragon” films, mainly because the characters are so well developed, entertaining and believable, and character design and development are an important element in the animation and comics workshops I run. So I found this interview with Simon Otto, head of character animation at Dreamworks, really fascinating. Have a look if you want some tips on how to create fantastic characters, and find out how Toothless was inspired by his cat and baby boy!