MAKING ANIMATION CHARACTERS
With the first of our animation sets created last week, the only thing we needed for our scene now were characters. We discussed some different methods of creating characters, and decided on using paper as it is a material that is always on hand. We drew out a template for a basic character with a pencil and ruler and then added features like a face, body, legs, arms, hair etc with coloured pencils. The last job was cutting out the shape, folding it in the right places and then gluing it together.
BRINGING THE CHARACTERS TO LIFE
The tripod and mount were set up, and the iPad attached. The software was launched and the record button was waiting expectantly. What would the characters do? As two walked towards each other and passed, one of them thought 'I think I'll follow him' and turned around and went back the same way. Then all four of them ran quickly across near the camera before returning to the screen again and running around in circles. Just like in real life!
The animating done, we sat back and viewed the fantastic result. Another team filmed a real life scene that will end up in the same place as the picture our animation set is based on, so that the two bits can magically join together. Some great work all round, from the building of the characters, their decoration through to the scene being animated bringing everything to life. The question for the end of the session was 'What scene shall we create next'. We talked about different possibilities and thought that a scene outside of the school building would be good, so we can set about creating that scene next time ...