Posts Tagged ‘animation’

I saw the trailer for Loving Vincent earlier in the year when it was first uploaded.  Quite simply – it is both awesome and beautiful!

Then I started reading the story behind the making of the movie, which, on its own, is quite breathtaking in the complexity and enormity of its production.  Loving Vincent is to be the world’s first painted film.

For it we will have to paint over 62,450 frames of painting on over 1,000 canvases. We shot the film with actors, and now we are literally painting over it frame by frame. This is a very laborious and time-consuming process. It has taken us 4 years to develop the technique, and it will take us 1 year with a team of over 100 painters working at studios in the Polish cities of Gdansk and Wroclaw, and a studio in Athens to complete the film.

The reason we are doing it is not because we want to be the first, or that we want to set any records, it is because we believe that you cannot truly tell Vincent’s story without his paintings, so we needed to bring his paintings to life.

An amazing undertaking, which reveals itself as even more impressive the more I delved into the movie’s website: Loving Vincent.  Explore how the film is made by viewing anyone of a number of short videos on the website.  This one, for example, explains how the artists paint every shot with oil paints on canvas.

I can’t wait to see the finished movie!

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Say hi to Saya:

CG picture of Saya
Now say hi to her parents Teruyuki and Yuka Ishikawa:

Teruyuki and Yuka Ishikawa

Saya was “born” just last year and is the pride and joy of her devoted parents.  She is, Mrs Ishikawa says, a typical 17 year old Japanese girl who “is humble and kind, a good student with a strong set of morals and ethics,” and encapsulates “the modern representation of kawaii” – being cute.

Saya is pretty and perfect.

And although it is hard to believe on first look,

Saya is a digital creation!

When Teruyuki and Yuka Ishikawa first started creating Saya in a Tokyo computer lab, they had plans for her to be a character in a short movie.  Inspired by the positive response when they first presented her to the public, a year on, the couple have quit their day jobs and with corporate backing are now working full time on their creation.

Last week, Saya made her debut appearance in a short animated video at CEATEC, a consumer electronics exhibition in Japan:



Read more about Saya in this BBC article: Saya: Big ambitions for Japanese ‘digital daughter’ or check out this lengthier video which seems to be a video of the display at the CEATEC exhibition.


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An amazing array of freely available, quality educational videos, just waiting to be used by educators in our schools, is nothing short of awesome!

A new set of videos, launched in March this  year, is TED-Ed.  And, as expected, a viewing of this short video: Introducing TED-Ed: Lessons Worth Sharing, says it much better than words ever will:

As with anything new, it can take a while to get the hang of it.  For teachers, feeling familiar and comfortable with new tools is an essential factor to ensure its use in the classroom.  TED-Ed is no exception.  On the surface, it is a YouTube Channel with a host of videos freely available for use by teachers in the classroom.  But, as we’ve come to know, TED offers a standard that far surpasses the norm.  The depth and breadth of each video is impressive, a feature that has characterized TED videos since its inception some 25 years ago.

TED-Ed aims to present engaging videos that inspire lifelong learning.  Using top quality educators as presenters, the videos, which range from just a few minutes to a maximum of ten minutes, are backed up by top quality animators.  Both presenters and animators are being sourced from across the world so that great lessons can be presented to anyone anywhere in the world.  The TED-Ed channel is part of the youtube.com/edu offering – a collection of half a million educational videos.  It is intended that the initial bundle of 12 videos launched on March 12th this year, will be added to on a weekly basis, building rapidly to an archive of several hundred.  Aiming to supplement rather than replace traditional curriculum, the aim of the TED-Ed team is to provide teachers with new tools to inspire curiosity and bring lessons to life.

The announcement on PRNewswire explains the TED-Ed mission:

TED’s core mission is to spread ideas,” said TED Curator Chris Anderson.  “By turning great lessons into vivid scholastic tools, these TED-Ed videos are designed to catalyze curiosity. We want to show that learning can be thrilling. Because they are only a few minutes long, they can readily be used by teachers during class time. But we also envisage them being viewed by learners of all ages.”

It must have been apparent to the designers of TED-Ed that there is a need to teach the teachers, as just a couple of weeks ago they launched this video: TED-Ed Website Tour which gives a really clear explanation of how much more than just videos is packed into this service.  Apart from being able to watch a video, teachers can have their students take a quiz, ponder deep probing questions and/or research the issue further.   But best and most powerful of all, is the possibility to edit the lesson.  Just see what can be done by selecting the “Flip this lesson” tab.  It’s both powerful and amazing to be able to modify content in this way.  And if that isn’t enough, just keep watching to the end of this short video for an explanation of a major feature available on the TED-Ed platform!   You’ll be amazed!

While TED-Ed is a powerful and valuable tool, the challenge now is for educators is to use it!

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