#StoryTime: Going to animation class

Photo Credit: httpwww.lasalle.edu.sg

Hello dear readers! So glad you could join me in my first episode of #StoryTime! What I will tattle tale about for this article is my first time being a student in animation class and my fun experiences.

Animation, according to Wikipedia, is a dynamic medium in which images or objects are manipulated to appear as moving images.

Me? I’ve NEVER been to a workshop about animating. I’ve always loved drawing and attempted doing simple animations myself. But I haven’t improved ever since my first time trying it, so I gave up. But since I always saw animations on Youtube or other social media platforms, I was then driven to work on some short clips with moving images that I had hand drawn. So when I was informed that there was going to be an animation workshop somewhere, I was shook. What made me even more shook? Knowing that the mentor was a director and creator of a Filipino CGI Animated film! Crazy! And for sure, I knew I would want to learn now. Later on, my mother told me that I was going to that very class the next day.

At first, I felt that I couldn’t cope very well with the upcoming lessons, since I wasn’t present on the first day of classes, for a very particular reason (which you will find out in #StoryTime episode 2!). But then I noticed the class was filled with young kids. Only around 2-3 people there were my age. I then thought that was sort of an advantage.

On my first day, I learned how to make a simple flipbook animation, involving a moving drawing. We used a deck of cut paper, folder binders or clips, pencils, and markers. The animation was first sampled and demonstrated to us, and I got giddy for I was excited to make one. When we were making our flipbook magic into progress, all sorts of ideas were flying through my head, like maybe Spiderman swinging using his web, or maybe little BT21 Tata smashing his face into the screen. I thought it was a little tough and time consuming, so my mentor told me to try keeping it simple and easy to make. And the story I had was somewhat brutal: A hopping bunny was crushed by a car,  with his blood splashing. Absurd, right? After that, many kids were amused and even the mentors had some laughs. The next thing I learned was the step by step walking cycle, which I’m glad I’ve finally mastered now. I’ve done a few animations of some characters walking in the past, but I just couldn’t seem to make it smooth, and I was worried even tutorials on the net just boggle my head. Thankfully, I kind of understand the basics.

The next session, we were told to build a story. There was a box, and there was a random set of papers. Each student picked papers, and we were cackling about the writings we received. The teacher then told us to stick those papers on the storyboard since we were making a collaborative mini movie involving a penguin. The story we formed was just so bonkers that I can’t even explain how it goes! Different scenes were then assigned to us to animate, and I was making the opening sequence. I was then trying to think of a nice title, like the Bizzare Adventures of Mr. Penguin, since the story involved the penguin exploding, getting turned into a bear, being stomped on by a giant foot and more randomness. But then I stuck to Oh No, Mr. Penguin instead. On the next day, we also learned how to make a stop-motion animation, where you take pictures of clay figures using an app, and moving their parts to make them move when the pictures are compiled. I made a bunny eating ice cream, which was then stolen by a cat. But then the cat was punched in the face. Many kids laughed at my work (in a good way), and the teachers complimented my video.

The last session was a pretty fun class. We were teamed into groups of 4 or 5, and we made a mini-movie using stop motion. I was asked to lead, so I assigned my members to do different tasks, such as making the characters, arranging the setting, thinking of a storyboard and storyline.

Our team did a pretty good job as amateurs in the animation world, and our movie was chosen to go last at the exhibit day because it was best. We made a short horror film about a girl hiding from a monster.

In this class, I actually improved on things I wasn’t too good at. I’m really glad I got to know more about what it is like being an animator in progress. To be honest, that stuff I made really required time and patience. But don’t forget! That was just for beginners! Now I wonder what it’s really like being in an actual studio, with an actual set. This was just a first attempt. See you in the next #StoryTime!

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