Friday, July 21, 2006
A new project!
Let's make the most of these animation applications or movie makers. They will surely provide a way to stretch our students' imagination, creativity and writing skills, plus the excitement of having a real and international audience for their films.
Find a short description of some of the main characteristics of each site below and see which the most suitable for your class is.
Based on a popular Canadian Cartoon.
Requires short registration and a password, which is sent to your e-mail account.
Target audience: Kids – pre-teens
Tool Editor : Animation Clips: talk bubbles, action, close-up, star.
Sentence close- up (ss. use the language even to edit action scenes), Timeline. (See: "How to make a movie" clip)
Characters : only the cartoon characters : the twins, Eva and Edgar and 13 (the cat).
Special features :
· Some movies are shown (good to give ss. an idea of what a movie would be like).
· Optional movie starters! Ss. can continue the story.
· Comments to each movie can be submitted.
· There are special guidelines on the expected behavior of members. The Flag feature is provided to notify the administrators of unproper behavior shown either in the comments section or the movie itself.
No registration needed.
Target audience: older teenagers, young adults
Tool editor : features : background, sky, plot (i.e. character interaction), characters (2), text, background music, presentation.
Characters : wider variety : 32 (including animals, creatures and some famous people) some traits and information about each one provided.
· Possibility of submitting your own character!? (templates provided)
Special features :
· Can be sent by mail.
Would you add any other characteristics?
Note: I've e-mailed the producer, Bart Cheever, asking for a comment feature and the possibility of watching other people's films (a movie archive). Let's see what happens!
Now, it's our job to decide how to introduce this fascinating project to our students.
Group work? Script drafting? A topic for the whole class (or festival) or individual topics?
Let's pool ideas. The process has started!!