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Workshop Syllabus

Workshop: Create & Animate

Length of workshop: Half Day

Overview: Stop, collaborate and animate! This is the next level in animation. Using the same essentials of stop motion animation, in this new workshop you will use your cartooning skills to draw your own animation! Using layers, colours, shapes and sounds, create short animated films using drawings that only your imagination can limit!

Teams will create characters using basic cartooning and design principles. Students will then create scripts, draw out each scene, edit and create character voice-overs to bring their stories to life. Each young creative will take on various production roles including producer, artistic director, editor, foley artist, voice over artist and more…

Participants will:

  • Create an animated film on an iPad
  • Learn to use popular animation software suitable for young creatives
  • Employ collaborative problem-solving skills
  • Learn fundamental filmmaking techniques including script writing, character creation, voice over, editing, fram rate, etc.
  • Take on production roles such as script writer, director, editor, sound designer and more
  • Develop bonds with other young creatives and share achievements within a team

Session 1

Intro to DRAWING using FLIPACLIP

WHAT: Head Coach to lead a tutorial to introduce the kids to the FLIPACLIP app where they will learn to initiate and create a basic project, including settings etc

HOW:

  • Open App – Ensure settings are set at YouTube format and 12 frames per second (demonstrate what happens when you vary the frames-per-second settings
  • Demonstrate first example using blank white background
  • Create a new project; Draw in black and white first
  • Demonstrate drawing skills, focus on creating a cartoon person. You may like to choose a theme, e.g. a cartoon version of YOU;
  • Demonstrate different tricks and techniques for proportion and shape. Details such as big eyes and hairstyles will provide more info about your character!
  • Head coach can refer to this video for more info and demonstration from around the 12 minute mark https://vimeo.com/460559089 (password = starshine).

WHY: Participants will:

  • Become familiar with the FLIPACLIP app
  • Learn cartoon drawing tips and techniques
  • Understand the effect of changing the frames-per-second setting
  • Learn essentials of character creation such as adding specific hairsyles, facial features and head shapes.
  • iPad with FLIPACLIP app installed.
  • Screen with HDMI cord, to show tutorials.
  • Apple pencils

Head Coach:

  • To lead tutorial 

Coach:

  • Assist with crowd control 

Run the tutorial BEFORE handing out any iPads or placing children in groups.

Character Creation using FlipAClip

WHAT: Students break into small groups (3 students is probably the ideal size). Students use FLIPACLIP to draw their character

HOW:

  • Students implement the skills demonstrated in the tutorial to draw their first character using FLIPACLIP

WHY: Participants will:

  • Learn to collaborate as a team and use their unique creativity to create a character using an app
  • iPad with FLIPACLIP installed (best ratio would be 1 iPad per 3 kids – only 3 kids can realistically share or even see one iPad at a time).
  • Large Screen / TV with HDMI connector for iPad

Head Coach:

  • To break students into small groups, considering dynamics, behaviour, ages, etc.

  • Float around and assist groups

Coach:

  • Float around and assist groups
  • Crowd Control

You may wish to split siblings up in order to arguments. This tends to avoid a lot of tears and also encourages students to make new friends.

Adding Animation using FlipAClip

WHAT: Head Coach gathers students together and demonstrates to students a basic animation technique to animate their character’s eyes. Students then return to their groups and apply this new skill.

HOW:

  • Coach to bring students back together to lead a tutorial on basic animation, beginning with the eye roll or cross-eyes. (Coaches can refer to 25:00 minutes in this video https://vimeo.com/460559089 (password = starshine)
  • 1. Erase the pupils / iris of the eyes.
  • 2. Use the lasso tool to select your drawing
  • 3. Copy (the 2 pieces of paper icon at the top right, OR it may look like a box over a dotted box)
  • 4. Hit the plus down the bottom centre to create a new frame and then hit PASTE icon up top (clipboard symbol)
  • 5. Follow this process 12 times (to create one second of animation at 12 f/s)
  • 6. Go back to PEN mode and begin drawing your pupils (and iris if you like!) in their starting position on your first frame
  • 7. Go to Frame 2 and draw them a little further along than Frame 1, then repeat for each frame, moving very gradually each time.
  • 8. Remind students they need to fill in all 12 frames in small increments in order for this to work.
  • 9. On the same 12 frames, repeat this process with reference to the mouth – e.g. slowly make the mouth open bigger – perhaps the tongue pokes out! *NOTE – to delete a whole frame, press and hold the frame, and options should appear just above it. Press trashcan to delete that frame
  • 10. Students return to their groups to implement this skill.
  • 11. Optional show and tell at end of this session.

WHY: Participants will:

  • Draw on their individual creativity and their new knowledge of cartooning to animate their cartoon face
  • Use their new knowledge of the FLIPACLIP app to apply stop-motion animation skills
  • iPad with FLIPACLIP installed (best ratio would be 1 iPad per 3 kids – only 3 kids can realistically share or even see one iPad at a time).
  • Large Screen / TV with HDMI connector for iPad

Head Coach:

  • Deliver tutorial

Coach:

  • Float around and assist groups
  • Crowd Control

Get students to leave their iPads behind, or lock them during tutorials.Session 2

Animation Character Challenge: Character Profile and Storyboard

WHAT: Students create a character, with clear interests, likes, dislikes and history. Each group is working towards creating a character intro video where the character will introduce itself to the audience!

HOW:

1. Students fill in character profile sheet, including their objective

2. Students fill in storyboard sheet, noting their beginning, middle, end, and any dialogue, narration, or sound effects.

WHY: Participants will:

  • Understand the need for clear and specific character choices.
  • Understand the value of creative collaboration and planning

RESOURCE SHEETS:

1. Character profile sheet

2. Storyboard sheet

Head Coach:

  • To explain storyboard process and purpose of character profile sheet (to be completed first)

Coach:

  • Assist with crowd control

Get kids to SIMPLIFY their ideas – they will naturally want to tell complex stories that are hard to draw and hard to portray in 30 seconds – get them to pick the best 3 elements of their idea

Animation Character Challenge: Animation Stage

WHAT: Students animate their character, and bring a scene to life where their character introduces itself to the audience!

HOW:

Using FLIPACLIP, students will draw and animate their character introducing themselves. They may like to also add other animated elements such as cutaways to show a pet, best friend, home, favourite holiday, workplace, etc.

WHY: Participants will:

  • Learn to create a cartoon character with a unique and detailed personality and backstory

iPads with FLIPACLIP

Head Coach:

  • Float around and assist students

Coach:

  • Float around and assist students

Again, encourage students to simplify their ideas – too many elements will create stress for them with the deadline, and confusion for the audience

Editing, Voice Over and Sound Effects

WHAT: Head Coach to run tutorial:

1. Export the FLIPACLIP video to Photos

2. Import the video into iMovie

3. Add voice overs

4. Add sound effects

5. Add filters if you like Students return to their groups and implement editing and voiceover skills

WHY: Participants will:

  • Learn to use iMovie to edit their films, add effects, add voice overs and add sound effects
  • iPads with iMovie
  • screen with HDMI cord

Head Coach:

  • Lead Tutorial

Coach:

  • Float around and assist students

Team work – encourage students to do one step each of the process, take turns, so that all students feel they have had a turn of being in control

For Full-Day Workshops, you may wish steer kids towards creating a narrative with beginning/middle/end rather than a character intro or short story

Session 3

Animated Film Festival

WHAT: Showcase each group’s mini film on the big screen to the rest of the class. Try to give praise and one piece of constructive feedback

WHY: Participants will:

  • Screen their films in front of their peers
  • Learn to give and receive feedback
  • Screen with HDMI cord for iPad
  • iPads with iMovies ready to go

Head Coach:

  • To show each film and run feedback session

Coach:

  • To have each iPad ready

If time, get each group to intro their film; what is it about? etc. Extension