Photo by Elena Deino
Today we had our first animation workshop for children. We were helping the children from “Transit” orphanage in Kurlyandskaya street to make the first pictures of their own future cartoon.
Certainly, one short workshop is not enough to make a good, long animation. Though this time was enough for us to tell the children how a cartoon can be made, and also to show it. Then the children created the plot themselves and drew the first draft pictures. The plot is really philosophical: that’s a fairy-tale about a child who used to harm all the animals in the forest, and only when the animals disappeared because of the child’s actions, and the forest became invaded by a great number of insects which became a threat to the child, then he started to understand everything and finally eliminated his mistakes.
The children made the main background and several characters, and also created the 19 second video which was the very beginning of the cartoon. Actually, this is not easy at all, as we had to choose 232 photos for that. But the paper birds, which “become alive” on the screen thanks to a special program, are worth that. Unfortunately, the background was of different shades, since the children accidentally moved the animation box, which changed the lighting. But this is just a test video. This is not final, and we’re planning to come back to “Transit” and create the whole cartoon.
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