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Wetlands Project

August 2nd, 2008

The Wetlands Project was a Helix Arts funded project to create two videos and in the process to teach some children the basics of animation. As the two videos were to be one in 3D and one in 2D myself and the colleague I was working decided that in the 8 visits to the college the children made we wouldn’t be able to teach them anything useful about 3D graphics. Instead we taught them the basics of 2D animation principles on paper and involved them in the process of character design and used those in the video.

History 3D Animation

The first video is in 3D and was supposed to show something about how the earth had changed over the its life. A sequence was made in Bryce showing a section of a simulated Earth’s surface and the changing terrain. In a side panel examples of flora and fauna from the period were depicted and the results composited in After Effects.

Process 2D Animation

The 2D animation was to show the process that the children had been involved with in Stanley, Tyne & Wear, to clear pollution caused by an old mineshaft. The backgrounds and characters in the animation were design in class by the children and traced into Flash for animating and the addition of the explanatory notes.

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