Animated antics

By May.16, 2016

A few weeks ago, we hosted a creative workshop on using stop motion animation. Facilitated by Ginny Koppenhol @GinnyKoppenhol founder of Zoom Creations, we investigated the art of animation and even had a go at creating our first films – albeit in a very short time frame so please forgive the sound and focus errors in the video below!

It was a great day that helped us to think about our messaging in a simple and fun manner. With a bit of practice, stop motion animation is an excellent way to communicate and can be used very effectively in teaching. One of the staff attending the day said…

I enjoyed one of the most engaging training days ever with colleagues from health and social care and from library services. We participated in an animation course which enabled participants to try out different techniques in the course of the day. Finally we made brief animation films in groups of 2 or 3. Each one was very different, and for a first attempt, remarkably successful. The day gave everyone a taste for more. In fact I met a fellow participant in the corridor the other day and we decided we’d like to create a small animation group within the school to help develop our own skills and share them with our colleagues. Dr Fiona MacVane Phipps, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery

Of course, we have been playing with the tech since then, here are a couple of examples from Kyle Charnley @KMCharnley

If you want to have a go yourself, it’s really easy using a mobile phone, tablet or a PC (see the apps listed below). If you want to create animated videos but don’t fancy using stop motion, check out the alternatives below which can draw and animate for you.

Stop Motion apps:

Alternatives to stop motion animation:

Watch this space for more animations from ACE…

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