Jun 02

My Animation Idea…

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For my animation i am going to do a video showing the world the effects of cosmetic and medical testing on animals. What I want to show by the creating of this animation is what multi million pound company. This video shows what Monkeys are subjected to.

For my animation I am going use pandas and song to illustrate the cruelty in which some animals are treated. I am going to call my animation panda song. In this animation I’m going to have pandas bobbing their heads and singing about animal cruelty. At some parts in this video they are going to sing about other animals. For this animation I am planning to use flash animation software.

In this animation I am going to use a variety of different effects including monition tween and monition pathway software. This will give my animation movement. I am going to make my animation funny because adolescence generally remembers things better when they enjoy them. In my animation I am going to make that point that using animals for medical and cosmetic testing needs to be stopped.


May 31

Screenplay Planning / Flash Skills / Comments and ‘How-To’ Winner?

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Grade 9’s, Dr Tech here with a few comments and reminders about both projects that are running at the moment. Time as always is your enemy with both projects as you only have 3 weeks left to finish both – but remember you are only producing a product this time not any evidence/portfolio work.

Screenplay reminders:-

  • I would imagine you will be filming over the next week and a bit, so producers and directors will need to make sure that everyone is organised and ready for filming on particular days and times. You can film during lesson times, but you will also have to film afterschool or at lunchtimes to get everything done.
  • Make sure all information is placed onto your film pin boards so that everyone in the class knows what they are doing.
  • Once you have filmed a scene, remember to pass this onto the film editors as they can start editing that scene straight away.
  • Students have been asking if there will be a FOSCARS, and the answer is there is no time. The three films will be shown at an assembly if you all manage to film in time, and we can also make voting forms to see which is the best.

Animation 4 Action Reminders:-

  • Remember not only to watch your teachers demos for Flash skills, but to search out your own either on YouTube or other sites.
  • Here are some other great tutorial sites:- Webwasp, GotoAndLearn, Smashing, Cartoon Smart , Flash Banner Tutorials and there are many more….just go out and search…
  • Remember all you have to do is produce an animation promoting your organisation and cause, the style and content is up to you!
  • Note check your guide to see all the skills you should use within your animation for it to be of a high enough standard for a good creation grade!

Comment Fever:-

If you thought no-one else but Egham students read this blog, check the comment placed onto Geologyrocks latest post below. Have you checked comments on your post? –Comments from afar on geologyrocks post. Make sure you comment on each others posts, communicating and networking is the best way to learn and share ideas!

How-To Winner:-

So far the ‘How-To’ video with best reviews is called – ‘How To Breakdance’ (Note you will need to login to see the video!).I have not closed off voting and reviews yet so things could change?

May 28


Grade 9 : Post Author - Grade10-AllUsers Comments Off on YOUTH CHURCH ANIMATION

For my animation I chose to promote the St John’s Egham youth group for 14-17 year olds, CYFA. I chose this organization because it is something that I am already involved in and I think that the stuff they do there such as charity raising and aiding the community with such things as free gardening projects and windscreen washes. they also however provide fun and religious teachings. Therefore , in my animation, I will focus on the fun you could have at a CYFA meeting, the good you’ll be doing for the community
, and the good you’ll be doing yourself spiritually.

May 28

What my Jobs Entail for the Movie Project – (Head of Lighting+)

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Head of Lighting -Jobs:-

  • Deciding on the equipment that we will use
  • Making sure that the people controlling the lights (probably me and fudgesalad) are doing the right things at the right time.
  • Working closely with the director on the script and where the actors are to maximise the usefulness of the lighting.
  • Deciding where the cameras should be, as well as the general equipment used in the scene.


  • Some technical experience
  • Basic knowledge of what the director intends for the mood to be and of what each scene is supposed to do.

What Should the Light Director try to do?

  • Keep the light level up, but not too high, because cameras will make the white reflect and blind the audience if it’s too high and it will make the image grainy if it’s too low.
  • Create some small shadows to give the actors depth, without making huge shadows that take chuncks out of the actor’s faces and ruin the clip.

How Should we Light the Scenes?

  • It’s hard to say as the script has not yet been finalised (we don’t know where we’re filming), but we will probably be using a lot of light from the stuff that’s already in the room (lamps, for example).
  • Reflectors: Tinfoil on cardboard sheets. We can use the reflecty side to make the light be mostly reflected or we can use the dimmer side tomake the scene dim mer and more moody.

For full effect, we will probably be using this lighting set-up for most of the brighter scenes:

… And a similar setup without one or two of these lights for the torture scenes. This is so that we can either create or remove shadows in any given scene.

The subject must not stand in front of a white wall or a window. This would alter the exposure on the cameras and ruin the scene.

If we have to light a scene at night, we can do so easily by either waiting until the light is almost gone but still there and film or we can use a blue filter in front of the camera, while lowering the exposure. This is a useful technique because nobody wants to wait around at school until it’s dark to film, especially because it’s summer and it gets dark at 10:00.

For a fire effect, we can use an orange filter to cover a light, pointing it at a reflector. We then wobble the reflector and it creates a decent fire effect. We may use this for the torture scenes.

Director of Audiography (The Sound Guy). What I Do:-

  • Responsible for the audio in a movie
  • Select sound recordings for final movie
  • Dialogue+effects
  • Dialogue Editing
  • “Taking the existing sonic world and fixing it.”
  • Take the audio and make it smoother, more audible, more understandable, and less likely to detect audio transitions.
  • Effects Editing
  • “Creating the sonic world from scratch”
  • Adding together various elements to create believable sound effects (echos, pitch, etc.)

How will this be Done?

  • This can be done using any of several D.A.W’s.
  • Voiceovers
  • Acting with a voice
  • What Should I do as Practice?
  • Study and record commercials, etc. and compare my voice to the voices of the people doing the commercials.


Yes, there are exercises that improve the quality of your voice. You people will be doing these exercises for some of the voice-overs that the actors may have to do. Study up now, maybe? Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, or HERE to get to the same website and learn about the exercises

Music Stuff

If we add songs to the piece, which we will, we will probably take music off of YouTube due to shortage of time. It will have to fit the scene, but other than that there isn’t much to say about it

Yes, this post tells you how to do just a handfull of all of the jobs given me by our wise director.

May 21

Energy Saving Light Bulbs…Animation 4 Action…

ACS-Egham, flash, Grade 9, MYP : Post Author - Grade10-AllUsers Comments Off on Energy Saving Light Bulbs…Animation 4 Action…

I have decided to promote energy saving light bulbs. I was inpired after finding the video below, trying to get something about just about penguins originally. These light bulbs only use a fifth of energy used in ordinary light bulbs, saving you money!

They might cost a little more, but the bills will make up for it and the saved energy can be used for other things. I’ll make my animation for it like an advert to raise awareness. I’d like to make it in the style of Michael Swain, who uses humor as his main tool. His Blockhead series (especially with the later episodes) is something that just has to be seen. I’ll make it a good length for an interesting advert, with lots of detail and good art like the Swain himself.

May 21

Environmental Working Organization – Animation for Action

ACS-Egham, Create, flash, Grade 9, Tech-Stoof : Post Author - Grade10-AllUsers Comments Off on Environmental Working Organization – Animation for Action

The organization that I will be supporting is the Environmental Working Organization (EWO). This is an organization that is, at least in part, is anti-pesticides. They are concerned about the effect of these toxins on humans and are trying to prove that they are harmful to the point that they should be banned.

I have decided that I will do an animation that overstates the effects of pesticides. I had this idea last night while I was watching t.v., so it may need some development, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. It will be a video showing a person standing next to the earth and spraying pesticides on it. Flowers will be growing and smiling and people will be eating the fruit off of the trees and being generally happy. It will cut to a screen saying “This is what they want you to think.” It will then fade to a scene saying “This is what’s really happening.” The music will suddenly pick up and the screen will go red. The image will be of a person holding a flamethrower and burning the earth. Yes, it is a bit extreme.

This video will hopefully have a minor, subconscious effect on people and they will hopefully remember the animation. It is designed to make people subconsciously believe that pesticides are worse than they had thought. It will also hopefully make people look into the EWO a bit more. My animation is extreme so that it has more effect than a realistic animation might.

These are examples of what I am aiming for:

The Door

Pivot Randosity

I hope for videos similar to this, but maybe of higher quality. I liked the effects in “The Door” and the general animation and walking in “Pivot Randosity”.

Just some music…

Apr 17

Capturing Video in Premiere Pro

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This tutorial will show you how to open premiere pro and capture film.

Firstly, click on spotlight in the top right hand corner of the desktop and type in “Premiere pro”. Click on the first option.

Click on the top hit and wait for premiere pro to open. Your screen should show this:

Click new project, and on the next screen click ok. Now you have a new project set up. It should look like this.

With the camera with your work on it, you now need a 4/6 pin firewire dv cable. It looks like this:
The smaller plug plugs into the camera, while the larger one plugs into the left side of the computer. The symbols are the same on the top of the larger part of the wire and on top of one of the side plugs. The computer will recognize the camera, and all you need to do is hit is capture.

Apr 15

Premiere Pro – A Simple Tutorial about Importing Your Video – The First Basic Skill

ACS-Egham, Film Making, Grade 9, Investigation, MYP, Tutorials : Post Author - Grade10-AllUsers Comments Off on Premiere Pro – A Simple Tutorial about Importing Your Video – The First Basic Skill

Importing the video is the most important part of editing a video, because if you do not know how to import your video, you cannot edit the film. I have created a simple tutorial that will allow anyone who is computer illiterate to import a video with ease. The tutorial can be found below:


Apr 10

http://youtube.com/watch?v=sk0OFJXQq4I (5 minutes)

Hi guys. I got bored with posting more comments so I decided to review another how-to video. Read it. Enjoy it. Now.

As you can see, this video is titled "How to Prevent your Videos from Sucking" and is another useful video for us to watch, seeing as we will be making films ourselves. This is a well-made video for several reasons.

1. Visual

a. The presenter

i. He is constantly visible.

ii. He speaks clearly when he is supposed to.

iii. He is really good at sucking, which is important to get his point across.

iv. He is humorous, which keeps that audience's attention.

v. He is experienced at making videos.

vi. He shows that he is very motivated, which makes the video more interesting.

b. The Camera/Video

i. The camera is stable throughout, which makes the video more visually understandable.

ii. There is no pixelation, which is a bonus because it makes the video easier to see.

iii. The camera is constantly focused on the presenter, which prevents blurring.

iv. The camera is always on the presenter, so we can see him at all times.

v. During the night scenes, he had a light to show his face, so we were not left in the dark.

2. Sound

a. The Audio

i. The microphone is well positioned and probably omnidirectional so that we can always hear him.

ii. The audio was edited to decrease the effect of external noise.

iii. There was no interference.

iv. the microphone was always on.

b. The Sound Effects

i. The sounds that were meant to be heard, such as the AIM sounds, were picked up well by the microphone and so were effective.

ii. The sound effects were relevant to what was going on and were responded to by the presenter.

iii. There was distinction between effects and there was no confusion as to what the sound effect was meant to be.

3. Miscellaneous

a. Editing

i. All information shown was relevant.

ii. There were no intermediate gaps in the action (except where there was supposed to be).

b. Script

i. The script was interesting and well-memorized.

ii. There were no “flat” jokes in the entire work.

P.S. Please extend the due-date of the folders…

Apr 10

Hello! This is going to be sweet and simple, I’m not a big fan of Premiere Pro nor do I find it particularly useful (Dr Tech – Its very much like a bicycle if you like to ride a bike you will find it useful – so make sure you do not go into any sort of film making career then!) so don’t hold your breath, I will try to remain serious about this program for the duration of this post, and no, I won’t speak like a flight attendant anymore.

Importing is the most important aspect of using Premiere Pro because if you can’t import you might as well just sit in front of the computer with your finger up your nose. Unless you do that already, if so then you might as well sit with your finger in your ear trying to see if you can reach the melted cheese that is your brain.


Well, obviously, you open Premiere Pro and name your project. Which will leave you, after what seems like an eternity of waiting, with the base window (Whoohoo?) (above).

Picture 4_1.png

Secondly, you click on the File tab at the top of the screen, right next to the Premiere Pro and the Apple tab (Shown Above). It will give you a list of things, and towards the bottom is ‘Import’ next to which are two symbols. These two symbols simply mean that if you press the ‘Apple’ key along with the ‘I’ key it will open up the Import window instead of having to go through the File tab and going to ‘Import’. (WOW NO WAY! How Interesting… O.o)

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Having gone through the File tab or having pressed ‘Apple’ ‘I’, it will open up the browse window. Simply browse for the range of clips you are using, select all or one of them, and press the blue ‘Import’ button and TADA! You can import! Congratulations! Have a cupcake!

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A minor word, having imported your clips will appear in a box to the left of the screen (Above). You can change them to thumbnails if it helps you edit. (The clip above does not contain any video clips therefore it is empty, why? Well I couldn’t find the clips and I asked, but no one knew) Now get back to your cupcake, I have finished my little tutorial and left you looking like this: O.O or O.o.

Apr 10

Premiere Pro – Editing Duration

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To edit the duration of a video, making time seem slower or faster, Premiere Pro CS3 has set an easy shortcut to help.

1 View a video in the source editor and right-click (or ctrl + click).

2 Select and click Speed/Duration.

3 In the new window, edit the percentage. It is set at 100%, so type less than 100% to slow down the duration, above to speed it up.

4 Check the video, with no need to render afterwards.

Feb 20

The video I chose to review can be viewed in this URL:

Quality of camerawork: The camera is stable the entire time and it is easy to see what is going on as the camera is not too zoomed in or too zoomed out. The camera is angled very well so that all the action is being covered all the time.

Quality of audio: The presenters voice is easy to understand and is not muffled or not understandable even though the camera gives of sound and the ball bounces throughout the film.

Quality of storyboarding: The film is presented in a clear and logical order; it is almost impossible to lose track of what is going on. He goes through a technique and then shows how the technique can be applied to different types of serves. He shows the hand motion needed to preform the serve and than shows what is looks like in the serve which is in a very logical manner.

Creativity: It is creative as the presenter demonstrates a huge variety of interesting and unique serves that many people have not seen. Many of these make the ball spin in directions that beginners or people with some skill would not know.

Does it get the message across: It does as the presenter is a professional on table tennis and so it is easy to trust him. The serves do not only look effective, but look as if they would be fun to try.

Conclusion: This "How to" is effective as it is clear and easy to understand, and the content is also of a very high quality.

Feb 20

For those who were wondering, I.E. no one, How To Get Rid Of A Headache without the use of drugs, TADA! Here it is.

This video clip is a high quality, because:

  • It had information websites to prove it wasn’t just random words rambling out of a person’s mouth.
  • It was clear, you could see everything demonstrated. It also wasn’t messy because the camera wasn’t moved, mainly because it didn’t need to be moved.
  • The audio was good, I could hear it well. It was slightly cracked at points, but even on a low volume I could hear it well.
  • Unfortunately it didn’t use any special effects or transitions, but, it would be pointless to use them, because, there wasn’t any scene change or camera angle change.
  • It proves the point with slight information, but not too much because, well, we’d all be bored if it was full of facts. It was descriptive though.

All in all, it shares websites for those who want to learn more information, it is relatively interesting, connects to things that actually happen on a daily basis, was clear, you could understand, and is easy to use/play.

Feb 20

The Perfect ‘How To’ video is How To Wash a cat, this is the best video because for those who have cats you know how hard it is to wash your cat. This video shows you how to wash your cat in a very entertaining way, meaning, fun to watch, listen to and is also educational.

The camera quality is poor due to compression upon uploading to the world wide web. This video can be overly humorous and may not be taken seriously, but it does get its point across if you can stay focused. The camera work however is very impressive, because it allows you to view everything that is happening. The sound quality is very clear, unlike the video quality. The narrator spoke clearly and concise making it easy to listen to.

While the video has positive aspects, as well as negative points. But I recommend highly that you watch this video.

Feb 19

How to make the best ‘How To’ Video?

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In my opinion this was the best ‘How To’ video because the lighting is very good, the camera work and the sound are perfect. Also it shows the factory that makes the marbles with all the instruments that you need to make them. It is also very simple to understand, making the audience not get bored and keep interested in the video. The voice of the narrator is very clear which makes it even easier to understand. The organization was very good because they show the final product first and then how they made it.

Feb 18

The best ‘How to’ video

Feedback, Grade 9 : Post Author - Grade10-AllUsers 5 Comments »

The video ‘How to make hot ice’ is really different, I have never seen anything like it. The video is clear and interesting, there is no speaking instructions but the music sound is good. It’s instructions are simple yet the ingredients might be hard to get hold of? The start when a finger touches the water-like liquid and it breaks out into ice is really powerful. He then builds sculptures with the hot ice and mould somewhat buildings.

I liked this video a lot, I found yourself thinking ‘WOW’, this is really good!

The best thing about this video is its simplicity specifically there is only 2 camera angles with not very much editing or distracting flashes.

Feb 15

<http://youtube.com/watch?v=3zFePU1uvtc> (10 minutes)

This is a very useful video clip not only because it is accurate and the presenter is experienced, but also because we will soon be making our own videos and this clip gives important tips on how to make a successful and professional-looking one.

This is a well-made movie because: - It uses a high-quality camera, which is important because it allows us to see what the presenter is doing more clearly. - It allows us to see what equipment we will need for the success of our movies, explaining why each piece is important. - The presenter is easy to understand and explains ideas thoroughly. He is also a professional. - The camera does not zoom or shake and so allows us to focus completely on the presenter. - Important terminology is explained. - It is captivating and interesting. - All information is accurate, and the video shows us how different techniques affect us. - The information is useful for people of all ages and skill levels.

This is a superior video because: Even after searching for two hours on YouTube, I failed to find a 'how-to' video that was as simple, detailed, and relevant to what we are doing. Though it may not be humorous (as the subtitle had suggested), it is still interesting because of the techniques that the cameraman used. It gets straight to the point, which is important because it is an important and large topic to discuss, and so time is important. If the presenter were to talk to his audience about his personal life or about his career, this video would not be as informative or interesting as it is.

Conclusion: This is an interesting and informative video which is important to what we will be doing in IT. It is also easy to learn from and not too long, either. I think that this is useful to us and I think that we should all watch it so that we can perform better when we do make a movie.

Review of ‘The Perfect ‘How To’ Video’: Though I do agree with most of your points, I do not believe that the scenes were relevant to what the narrator was saying. For 3 out of 4 scenes, the pictures were of dogs in general, not pertinent to the script. Also, the scenes were always changing and introducing 'new information', I find that it was changing too much and that the images, most of which were not relevant, were distracting me from the important information on how to choose a dog.