We have just spent a stopmotiontastic time with members of the North Devon Forum for Autistic Spectrum Conditions & ADHD creating some Incredible Inventions!
Mandi and Dotty from North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) delivered the three day claymation animation workshop in the bright and spacious Kingsley Room at The Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford (thanks for looking after us Burton at Bideford people).
We delivered a brief to the workshop participants to create a short animated story solving an environmental problem (or come up with their own idea to make the world a better place). They worked in parent/child and individual/enabler pairs to come up with an invention, write a story and script, create characters, sets and props. We had a huge pile of fabulous resources from North Devon's WOW Scrapstore (£7 a bin bagful for members) and lots of colourful Newplast modelling clay to ignite their imaginations and then each team animated their films using iPads and iMotion or iStopmotion apps. We think the results are quite wonderful! Take a look at the video clip below.
If you know a group who would like to take part in a workshop like this please do get in touch.
We have had a busy two weeks here in Instow with our first ever NDMI Academy summer schools. Week 1 was a live action drama film making workshop for 5 young film makers aged between 10 and 13. The creative team devised their own story and with our support they wrote, directed, acted in, shot and edited the film He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (see below to view the film). The crew learned loads of new skills and worked together perfectly, coming up with great ideas and making time to listen to each other and let everyone's voice be heard with a brilliant result!
NOTE: The technical kit used was our Sony NX3 camcorder, Rode microphone with boom pole and deadcat and Sony Vegas to edit. Additional film making exercises were carried out with the use of our iPad Air, iOgrapher case, iRig pre amp and the professional Rode microphone.
NDMI Academy Summer School week 2 was an animation workshop for 5 talented youngsters aged between 7 and 11. This was great fun and we were so impressed by the creativity and patience of all our young film makers. They began the week getting to grips with the technical equipment and then recorded interviews with each other to form the basis of the film sound track. They went on to design and create their characters, props and sets. The animating was a great challenge as the audio was already recorded and the characters needed to move to fit the voices - we don't take the easy route here - and it definitely paid off as the result, with authentic interviews is really entertaining and the animation is brilliant! Take a look at the film below.
NOTE: The technical kit used was our iPad Air in an iOgrapher case, iMotion app, Rode microphone, iRig pre amp, Newplast modelling clay and Magneflash LED lights (great because they don't get hot and dangerous!)
If you are interested in film making workshops for your family, group, school or yourself please do get in touch.
What a beautiful day to be learning about wildlife film making at Northam Burrows!
As part of NDMI's Wild Shorts project, we ran a one day intensive wildlife film making workshop in partnership with Torridge District Council at Northam Burrows Country Park in North Devon. An enthusiastic group of aspiring wildlife film makers with a wide variety of skills came together to learn the key principles of good film making and fieldcraft.
Starting with an introduction to the history and natural environment of the Burrows from Ranger Mike Day and a walk and talk with local wildlife expert Warren Collum the group familiarised themselves with the variety of habitats and species of the area. They were then introduced to the process of creating a storyline and building a storyboard for a film before going out and getting some hands on experience of shooting video on location.
There was plenty of opportunity throughout the day for the film makers to get personalised tips from our professional film makers and the final step was a brief editing tutorial to conclude the process.
With thanks to our funders North Devon Coast AONB, Fullabrook and Tarka Country Trust who enabled us to offer this workshop at an affordable subsidised rate.
We're now looking forward to some fabulous entries to our Wild Shorts Competition from these newly skilled film makers!
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Gareth Alvarez, Creative Director
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