Shellies animation at the Beacon Centre, Exeter

Another lovely morning with the families at the Beacon Centre yesterday making a very sweet little shell creatures animation πŸ™‚

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Interactive Digital Media at Magic Carpet

An art-technology mashup!

First, the guys drew a jungle-forest backgound, and then, separately, created some fierceΒ  animal characters which we cut out and animated against a green screen.

Then, through the magic of digital media, we overlayed the animation on the background, and projected the whole thing onto a screen and, as you can see,! had a lot of fun interacting with our scary creations!

The animation we made:

Plus some pics of an interactive shadow puppet and projection workshop I ran with the same group at the end of 2018, but didn’t get time to post.. The guys made drawings of scenes from the Nativity story and black card shadow puppet characters, then I projected their drawings and they reenacted the story with their puppets on the big screen. We also made animal hats so participants could interact with the screen as a shadow puppet themselves. This was all done in a day – interactive digital media can make for very magical experiences for people.

Making the animation for Shimmer and Disappear by Pram

I was very chuffed when Pram asked me to make an animation for a track from their new LP Across the Meridian. I took some pictures while making, so here they are below…

The whole process from a-z was great fun, even when everything fell over :), and it’s a brilliant track too.

Pram’s new album is out on Domino Records on 20th July and available for pre-order here

 

Crazy Conductors and Interactive Orchestras

This was a lot of fun – a projection/animation/digital music drop-in workshop for Daisi’s “Machina” project at the Phoenix in Exeter. Participants made a cutout musician character, attached it to the projected background and then, using Bare Conductive technology, gave it a sound – which could be played just by touching the character (gasp!)

It worked brilliantly as a fully interactive workshop, and musician Rachel Thame and I are definitely going to roll this out more widely. Get in touch for more information. πŸ™‚

Animation Club – 2

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) πŸ™‚ Smart!

Animation Club at Teignmouth Library

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 πŸ™‚

 

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!

 

Midnight Monsters Workshop in Teignmouth!

Hi Everyone! I’m putting on my Midnight Monsters Workshop at Teign Heritage Centre on 27th October 2-5pm – come down with your kids and spend the afternoon creating scary shadow monsters and animating them on a lightbox! Ideal for 5s and up – but younger children also love it with a bit of help from a grownup! And grownups also love it. :). It’s Β£5 per child and free for adults.

Book through me (Claire) – call 07746326860

Hope to see you there!

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Bristol Festival of Puppetry “Excitement at the Bottom of the Garden!”

I had a fantastic time working at Bristol Festival of Puppetry last weekend running the excellent “DIY Animation Workshops” at Watershed Cinema. So many thanks to everyone who came along, and my fantastic BFP helpers, not forgetting the awesome Rachel McNally who programmes and organises the whole festival (don’t know how she does it…)

Here is the edited and soundtracked version of the animation we made in the morning session – it’s amazing! All characters made and filmed in under 3 hours. Crikey! Hope you like it!