A little tiny hand written chapter book by second grader Sofia was presented to me (Mrs. Fuglestad) one day in early February. I LOVED it. It was so full of visual imagery and imagination that I thought it would be the perfect story to try to animate with a technique I've seen but never tried, paper cut stop motion. I talked to Sofia and she recruited Lindsay to meet with me during lunch recess to design, color, cut, animate, narrate, and edit this fanciful story. After 6 weeks we are happy to present, Strange Magic below or here.
Using Procreate App on iPad
Using DoInk Animation App on iPad
I used the Superimpose app to isolate the figure by erasing the background and saving "mask as png". Then, I isolated each "moving part" of the figure the same way. Hint: I erased, saved, then hit undo, and erased it differently, saved, hit undo...to go faster. In DoInk animation app I opened a new composition and brought in all the pieces over the cleaned up background. I moved arms, skirt, head, and legs using keyframes and paths. The movement looks very fluid compared to the jerky animations from a series of still images. Since this ad included musical notes, I made a soundtrack in the garageband app with a royalty free jingle from incompetech.com and voice recording.
Changing my approach
Now that I'm totally into creating 6 second videos for Vine (thanks again for this LOVELY write up about my vines from Ben Rimes) I began thinking about the soundtrack for this movie. Oh, did I forget to mention how to make it into a movie? I create gifs using ezgif.com and then I change the gif into a video using this online converter. The man in the middle looked like he is wearing a lumberjack quilted flannel type jacket so I used the Monty Python Lumberjack song complete with laugh track.
Hybrid of Procreate and DoInk
Another benefit of animating in DoInk is that you can export to video. I did some editing in iMovie afterwards to add music and sound effects before sharing it out on vine.
This animation below is also a hybrid of Procreate and DoInk. I used DoInk to make her scamper on to the page by setting a path in composition mode. The rest of the animation was made from still images created in Procreate sequenced together into a movie.
Dotty and Madge share vintage sewing secrets below. They are examples of the hybrid style where they are animated both with procreate and doInk.
Using Green Screen App
After I created the "Staying alive" animation (which you can view here) I layered it into the hands of this girl painted by Norman Rockwell using the Green Screen app by DoInk. I had to change her a bit too by adding a shadow the size of the animation on her face. The green screen app just added cropping, resizing, and masking tools so I was able to fit the animation to the right size, erase for the fingers to overlap, and crop any excess.
Below is a triptych. I created the sewing table with objects and still images of the original vintage sewing patterns using superimpose app. I was able to mask out objects and add slight drop shadows. Then I imported the image into the Green Screen App by DoInk and matched the animation videos over each of the sewing patterns with resizing & cropping. I timed the movie to play one animation after the other (18 seconds long). Green Screen app keeps original audio of my clips so this looked hard, but was so easy.
The animation below has two scenes. The first one is a man jumping into a car ad and driving off. The images were isolated in Superimpose app, the background was cleaned up in Procreate, and the animation was composed in DoInk Animation app. Then I had the car drive (with DoInk) in front of three vignettes designed in Superimpose app. This was layered into the Green Screen app by DoInk where I added three little animations. The app only has three layers so I exported after layering two animations into the scene then imported it again and layered the third.
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Some characters from my favorite Christmas classics (and other random people) wanted to share a word of encouragement with you in the movie above. Take a quick look:)
Made completely on my iPad. Thanks to my husband from some voice acting.
Have you seen these movies yet? Here is a quiz about the 10 images above.
1. Which movie is set during the civil war based on a book by Louisa May Alcott?
2. Which movie features a Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade?
3. Which movie had to carry on a sham involving home cooking?
4. Which movie had a serenade from Ernie and Bert?
5. Which movie is not holiday themed?
6. Which movie is the original version of White Christmas?
7. Which movie is the original version of "You've Got Mail?"
8. Which above movie starred Gary Cooper?
9. Which above movie starred Robert Mitchum?
10. Which movie had three Christmas hauntings?
Students gave a voice to their clay bears as they explain (using bear puns) how they were created. These were made with Funny Movie Maker and iMovie on the iPads while students worked on their artists statements on Artsonia.
See my previous post to learn why these are my Grandbaby bears.
Download my lesson here.
See the gallery of finished clay bears on Artsonia. Don't forget to write encouraging comments for the artists.
The movie above was made with iPads. We REALLY want to create on iPads and are half way to our goal of 1:1 iPads in the art room. You can help. Donate to one of our two iPad campaigns found on our Fuglefunding page or click on a link below.
Dryden students and I thank you!
Donor's Choose iPad project
Edbacker iPad Campaign
Listen to my students' thank you message.
Our Fugleflick Filmmakers just finished recording an original song about the art concept of illustrations. This was stage one of the movie-making process. Now they will work on creating a storyboard, draw animations on our iPads using DOINK, film before green screen, and edit all their work together in iMovie. Keep checking back to see their progress. It's an adorable song. Listen to their recording below on Audioboo.
I've been playing with the animation app called Doink and combining it with green screen FX in iMovie. Below is a short video showing a layered animation over still images.
There are SO many possibilities for this technique.
I created this tutorial showing the iPad steps for making an animation in Doink, the steps I went through to use that animation as a video layer in iMovie over still images and video. See below or at this link.
View my other post/tutorial called, The Aliens Have Landed, about how to make aliens run using Doink.
You can view my students' video all strung together in iMovie at the link above as well.
You may be interested in viewing my post that shares some tricks for using green screen with animation created in Keynote.
These tutorials show how to create our award winning Fugleflick, Careers in Art. This video was selected as the best student video of 2011 in the NextVista.org student contests.
You may also be interested in trying Rotoscoping on the iPads.
This is the technique that helped us put STEAM in the McGraw-Hill Stemie Awards and $5000 in our school's bank account!
View a bunch more ideas for Creating on iPads on my page dedicated to this topic here.
UPDATE: Carol shared her green screen + Doink animation with me below:
I was asked today about some movie making tricks. The best way to answer is to show in video. I thought I'd post these so that if anyone else wants to see these they can too. (These are .swf files so if you're looking from a mobile apple device, sorry-won't work)
1. How to make the black outlines in Careers in Art Fugleflick video:
2. How to get started using green screen effects: http://www.screencast.com/t/baYVTXwrZ
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Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07
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