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Silhouettes Resized and Layered
I've shared before how I learned on accident that you can use the Green Screen app by Do Ink to make video silhouettes. I wrote about it here in my dancing silhouette post and here in my shadow dancing post. Quickly, again, I'll share the process below.
Layering video over image:
Layer and resize any videos:
I wrote a post last year about the cool visual effects my students were inventing while making their movie about Movement. View it for details and inspiration here.
Skip the silhouette step:
I had my 4th graders use video of 1st graders to make this "Little Buddies" video.
Little Buddies from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.
I first saw this idea from this Tweet from Mrs. Dweck. The "blinkie" concept is to use pre-made animations that play from youtube (like this one) underneath drawings to bring them to life. I immediately began to think about making this concept more creation-based for both the physical art and digital animation. I began playing with the DoInk Animation and Drawing App to make simple white animations over a black background customized for the art I wanted to create.
Animated Glow below a physical drawing on paper----Animation drawn in DoInk app
The solution I developed is very simple. I dreamt up an idea that blends a physical drawing with a glowing animation. I thought of things that glow like a lightning bug, sparkler, a phone, buttons on a machine, stars in the sky, etc... Then I drew a picture with a blank area for the glowing thing(s). Afterwards, I took out the iPad and used DoInk Animation app's drawing mode to make a white animation over a black background. To make it move I used the flipbook technique where you draw movement one slide at a time. Then in the composition mode I resized the animation and placed it in the portion of the screen that best corresponded with the physical drawing that will overlay the animation.
What is really interesting about this animated glow idea is that it not only combines physical and digital art, it requires an interaction of the two to enjoy it or a documentation of that interaction via video or gif.
Animated Glow set to music
I put the video clips into iMovie, used the white balance filter to remove the yellow tint, and set the small video to a piece of royalty free music from incompetech to tell a story.
The following ideas are so image specific that I photographed the drawing, added it to a bottom layer in DoInk drawing app, and drew over it to make the animation. The photo doesn't export with the animation, so this technique is a easy way to place the glowing animation in the correct locations.
Students will learn to draw their profile and out stretched hand (physically) and make a flipbook style animation of a glowing alien (digitally). Then then will create a video of the alien glowing from the iPad as if it is standing on the person's hand in the drawing.
Drawing the Profile and Hand:
There are a few ways to approach the profile and hand drawing. One is to have students pose for a photo. They would then load the photo to the bottom layer of an iPad drawing app and do a contour line drawing of their portrait. These would then be printed out to use with the animated glow effect. The other idea is to use the handout I made below to help students draw a profile and hand from shapes and observation. This drawing would then be traced in black marker and used for the animated glow.
Tutorial: Animated Glow Alien
Animated Glow: Tutorial from Tricia Fuglestad on Vimeo.
Here is a preview of our Animated Glow Lesson using the above animation and finished student profile drawings.
4-1 Class Animations below or here
4-2 Class Animations below or here
4-3 Class Animations below or here
4-4 Class Animations below or here
Resources: book and song
Resources: Drawing aliens
Andy Martin Showreel from Handymartian on Vimeo.
Planet One from Handymartian on Vimeo.
4th graders made profile portraits and will soon start animating a glowing alien using the DoInk Drawing and Animation app on our iPads. They will let the alien interact with the paper in a new and creative mix of digital and physical art. See my full lesson here.
I distributed examples of aliens by Andy Martin to help families brainstorm theirs. We listened to Emily Arrow's music video based on the book Your Alien while we drew.
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