The initiative aims children to make a cartoon about five minutes and simultaneously provide them with all the concepts, both basic and advanced, for the realization of such an initiative. It was designed and developed by Marco Marilungo (illustrator, graphic, web designer, and teacher at the Fine Art Academy of Macerata).
This type of initiative, as well as being very innovative, especially for students 7-11 years of age, was accepted with enthusiasm by teachers and parents, but especially by the children during the course of the past projects have seen their designs static, animated and come to life, taking gradually aware of the basics of movement and dynamism of the world around them. They has assisted with particular interest in all phases of the course and managed to make the connection between the creativity of students and the demands of the creative and technological curated by Marco Marilungo. The cartons made may have a duration from a minimum of 3 to a maximum of 10 minutes.
In this preparatory phase is explained to children the concept of animation and dynamism, and they were shown various types of animated cartoon. The following analysis provides to show them other similat projecs, in this way they realized the type of work you had to make.
At this point a detailed analysis is made of the story to animate. We analyze the key moments and key situations, identify the characters and environments and the most appropriate way to represent the various situations. This increases in the student the knowledge that everything you see on TV or the movies is the result of a lengthy planning.
Then go to the drafting of the Story Board, which is basically the screenplay for the movie, at this stage collaboration with teachers is essential, as they often are drawn to create a narrative that links up with the needs, limitations and possibilities that can provide audio-visual. With the storyboard completed, each child is assigned a specific task and knows what, exactly, should realize what is before his speech, what comes next, and what is the result to be reached.
This is the fundamental contribution of children. Children should draw in the wild while maintaining a certain level of consistency in the appearance of the characters. In fact, to ensure that the representation for example of the main character does not change abruptly during the various scenes of the animation, precisely because drawn by different hands, is done so that everyone can have the fixed reference points. Of course there should be no kind of rigidity, and teachers need to correct or modify the design as little as possible, to keep the spontaneity typical of children’s drawings. The drawings must be made on paper, using pencils and crayons, you should use half A4 (cm15x21) and everything has to be filled by the design from the background, in practice you do not have to leave portions of not colored paper.
The drawings thus created are digitized by means of a scanner connected to a computer. This may be done by the children themselves, which thus see the fundamental difference between an image on paper and the same within the monitor.
This has been one of the more important and complex, for this is made directly from an expert study with appropriate tools. Students can see a summary of the steps on the computer at their school, including the main features of the programs you use and how to animate a drawing.
Once isolated, backgrounds, images and characters, you pass pagination. At this stage is given to images, movement, thanks to the use of software useful for creating animations. For children, who are also at this stage, spectators, it was a kind of magic. Their designs are under their eye movements. At the end of this phase, the movie is complete but lacking the sound track.
May be the same children to put their voice in this cartoon. They analyzed once the animation you just created, are recorded it in a kind of dubbing or voiceover. The spoken text is then inserted and synchronized to the video.Vengono also applied noises relative to the situations represented and included background music.
Now, children can make the opening credits and closing credits and draw the graphics for the cover and label of the CD-rom, maybe choosing the most representative and the design that best lends itself to a possible duplication in print.
The product produced is made concrete in the form of DVD, and can easily be reproduced in numerous copies. It can run on any home DVD player or PC. It can, if properly optimized, may be published on any website or Youtube.
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