Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Happy Accident Studios Are Pleased to Present...
After photographing the owls with the wings opened and the wings closed, I noticed that quickly flipping the images back and forth in the display screen on my camera created a fun little animation. We had a great time playing around with the images, probably not the best thing for my camera, but what can I say? Easily amused.
Our little discovery lead to this...
This is my test video. I'm not the most techno savy person on the planet and wanted to make sure I could actually make it work before diving in with a class full of kids. Turns out it was super simple and a great starting place for introducing animation. The animation was made by alternating two images in Windows Movie Maker which most computers have.
I've got a feeling we'll be seeing a whole lot more birds flying around here soon.
If you want to try it, here are the specifics: to make the bird we folded a 9X12 piece of paper in half. The first half was used to draw the body of the owl. We did this as a guided drawing. Then kids cut their paper on the fold. They folded the second piece of paper in half and penciled in the shape of the wing. Kids used a sharpie to outline the wing on both sides of the paper so they could transfer the outline and get two matching wings.