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AnimateCity @ Chilli Road

Over the last two years, we have been fortunate to establish a creative partnership with local animator Tom Madge from AnimateCity.

Every child from Year 1 to Year 6 has experienced a half term of animation with Tom that includes a full afternoon of creative digital media and industrious processing.

Before Easter, we invested in better equipment to make the animation process more accessible and Tom has led whole staff training and development.

We are in the process of developing a school set of key performance indicators in relation to animation so we can embed this into our school curriculum. 

What are the differences between film and  animation?

1. Natural movement
2. Captured rapidly as a sequence of still images
3. Played rapidly one after another
4. To re-create the captured movement on screen

1. A sequence imagined + realised completely by the animator
2. Recorded step-by step as a series of still images
3. Played rapidly one after the other
4. To bring movement to the sequence on screen

 What's so great about stop-motion animation?

•Animation uses digital tools but is focused on a tactile, hands-on experience.

•You can make it with almost ANY materials + practical processes.

•It happens wherever you point the camera (Table, Floor, Yard, Forest School).

•It’s extremely Intuitive because it expands on skills and ideas you already have.

•5 year olds can pick it up and enjoy manipulating the process. 

•It scales easily - even simple tasks can be enjoyed at multiple levels.

•It’s a step by step process so each frame is an opportunity for you to think and for the idea to develop.

•Tied to this, the accessibility of using common materials and objects makes creative leaps and unique, personal directions a common occurrence.