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Lesson Plans

re: animation

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tgibbons (tgibbons)
Sat, 2 Nov 1996 00:04:33 -0600

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Yikes!...I've been reading e-mail for an hour or server's been
down. It's nice to get caught up with what's been happening here. I
always appreciate all the ideas and talk! Speaking of ideas...I'd sure
be interested in anything anyone has on animation too. I teach 6-8th
grade. We usually do a unit on animation where we start off with
history...and make zoetropes etc. Then we work with flipbooks, before we
start camera work. Mostly we do simple stop action using props, or cut
outs. We also develop production crews to do claymation shorts. Some of
the kids that get more involved do individual line drawing tests on
notebook paper and then transfer them to acetate to make simple cells.
Everybody gets into the act creating backdrops etc.. That way, everyone
stays busy while the cameras are rolling and they're taking turns
filming. We also use the flipbook feature in Dabbler , along with Morph
and Avid Video. My major question is...Has anyone out there had any
experience with other programs as well? I'm always looking for ways to
incorporate more computer animation into the unit. Likewise, I really
need better methods to dub sound. We don't have much in the way of audio
equipment. I'm also thinking we might be able to do some kind of inline
animation on my web site...any ideas or help there would be greatly
appreciated. Speaking of web sites...thought you might be interested in
some new lesson plans etc. I just finished adding a bunch of new stuff
to the "Digital Drawing Board", and I could use feedback. Check it out
Thanks, Terry

Terry Gibbons

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