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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Priscilla Angelique - musician, teacher, and animator

Working out of London, Priscilla runs a record label called “A Priscilla thing”, a label she founded in 2004. Focusing mainly on urban music, she is involved in everything including music writing, artwork and photo production as well as music video production. She also teaches music technology as well as producing her own music.  Before launching her own record label, Priscilla started her career in performing arts and music. “That was my first love,” she admits. Soon after she became fascinated with computers and pursued a career in teaching business and ICT whilst still running dance and music related classes. It was at this early stage that Priscilla began to produce music for her music classes, creating the style of music and dance that she still produces today.

Priscilla is still relatively new to the movie making scene.  She has only had a month’s experience with Moviestorm but is nevertheless achieving spectacular results.  Her Moviestorm discovery came when she saw it mentioned on BBC Click. She was already on the lookout for a simple and quick solution to create animated movies, and this seemed ideal. “I hadn’t created an animated video before, yet I felt there was no steep learning curve with Moviestorm,” she says. “What you had to do seemed obvious and it was just a matter of applying your ideas.  The workflow is clearly laid out before you on the screen.  On the first day of using Moviestorm I created a video for my single I’ll Fly.  I was so excited about how easy and effective it was to translate ideas into animation.  The next day I began a video for my single Keep Your Mind and then I spent about a month experimenting with Moviestorm.”


For her third video, Priscilla spent more time to create a music video that followed a story through more detailed and animated sequences. She started using Adobe Premiere to edit her movies, and began experimenting with Moviestorm’s lighting and special effects to develop her style and create increasingly powerful movies. However, as she points out, it wasn’t Moviestorm’s complexity, but its simplicity that kept her interested.  “The main reason for choosing Moviestorm is its simplicity.  In five minutes you can have walking, talking characters in a great set.  If you take your time you can create an animated video that has a professional feel without the professional fees.”


Inspired by cartoon music videos from hit bands such as the Gorillaz and the animated Jackson 5 from the 70’s, Priscilla admits that she enjoys the blending of live footage and animated sequences. “I’ve always wanted to put an animated version of myself in a music video without running up costs,” she laughs. She’s also up front about one of the other main attractions of Moviestorm: the cost. “Music videos are a very expensive and time consuming process, but Moviestorm allows me to achieve shots and effects that even with a modest budget would still be very out of reach.”
Using Moviestorm as a teaching tool

Priscilla is particularly interested in how Moviestorm can be used in virtual learning environments, or for creating video based tutorials. She points out that networks or Moodle sites are traditionally very text heavy, and Moviestorm provides an interesting alternative approach. She also suggests that lesson plans and notes could be dictated to a class by a Moviestorm actor in a video lesson plan in place of the teacher.
She is very keen to see media production classes utilise the benefits of Moviestorm for both final production work and as a pre-visualisation tool. Even foreign language students could use Moviestorm to construct a portfolio of audio/video translations to provide their user with a broader learning experience. “However a teacher chooses to use Moviestorm in the classroom, what makes it an exciting method is that learners can be involved in creating the content and the animated videos can be used for other lessons.  Whether it is just their voice that is used, or whether learners create the entire video, the input they have can encourage them to embrace learning in a new way. There are so many possibilities.”
Looking to the future, Priscilla tells us she has plans for further Moviestorm projects. She is currently planning to create an animated band within Moviestorm for a group called “Asonical”.

But that’s not all for this hugely ambitious lady. She is also hoping to start work soon on her first full animated feature film - an urban take on the classic Romeo and Juliet story, using Moviestorm and, of course, music from her label.



Priscilla now has a dedicated following of people who now know her for creating animated music videos. “People often email me via MySpace or Facebook and ask questions about the animated videos, like how long they took to make, how I made them etc.  I am starting to get known by musicians and non-musicians alike for my videos, and people look out for them when I release a track which is great.” She adds that “In any case, I am very much new to animation, and it is really credit to the visionaries behind Moviestorm’s development that enables someone with so little experience, like me, to be able to create animated videos to a standard that is hard to achieve with other packages in such a short period of time.“

We’re flattered. And we look forward to seeing much more from Priscilla.

Read more:
Priscilla Angelique Web site | YouTube

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