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Monday, September 29, 2008

Schooltoons

We were rather pleased to receive a copy of Schooltoons towards the end of last week. It’s an animation resource pack for secondary schools, created by Britta Pollmuller of Norwich University College of the Arts. It covers the whole range of animation techniques, from zoetropes to stop-motion and digital animation, including, yes machinima. And there’s a nice little section on Moviestorm in there, which we’re rather pleased with.

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“Cineliteracy” is fast becoming the big buzzword in education, as people start to realise the importance of teaching kids how to understand and create movies. It’s not that they’re all going to become film directors, it’s more that people increasingly need and want to communicate via this medium. Some day soon, kids will stop writing essays for their homework, they’ll be making little news reports or documentaries. They’ll stop reading Shakespeare and start staging it.

For years, we’ve believed passionately that machinima is one of the keys to unlocking all this pent-up creativity. We’ve recently seen it first-hand, as we’ve been doing workshops at local schools and colleges. Part-way through every session, there comes a moment when you see their eyes light up, and they just want you to stop talking and let them get on with making a movie. That’s when you know you’ve just nurtured another film-maker. And that, if the truth be told, is why we do what we do.

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