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‘One minute epics’ winners announced

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Take a look at some of our favourite entries in the stop-motion ‘One minute epic’ competition

In the Late Autumn 2010 issue of Child Ed PLUS, we challenged schools to create ‘one minute epics’, using the exclusive stop-motion animation software, JellyCam.

The Child Ed PLUS team were overwhelmed by the quality of the entries that were sent in. The winning entry is from Gosden House School, Guildford who win a trip to the London Film Museum, including an animation masterclass with a professional artist.

Tim Major, Editor of Child Ed PLUS, said: ‘Gosden House School’s animation, ‘Zoo Day’, is terrific. It uses film conventions such as close-ups and wide shots, and the movement of the zoo animals is great fun. The crocodile at the end of the film introduces a nail-biting element of danger!’

‘Zoo Day’ – Gosden House School, Guildford

You can see the winning entry, ‘Zoo Day’, below.

The judges singled out other impressive ‘one minute epics’, shown below.

‘I saw three ships’ – Magdalen Village School, Norfolk

The children worked on an animation project based on the Christmas carol, ‘I Saw Three Ships’, as part of a whole-school project for the Christmas performance. Class clips (Years 1-6) were put together and presented at a school carol service.

Each pair aimed to produce 30 seconds of animation. The clips are all the children’s own work with some help given when placing the photographs onto Movie Maker with audio effects and saving as a video file.

Scott and Jayden’s clip concentrated on the verse ‘and what was in those ships all three’ and represents a very overcrowded Lego ship with Lego people falling overboard. It is particularlly clever as they worked hard to make it look as if the Lego people were swimming in the water.

Toy circus’ – Rendcomb College Junior School, Gloucestershire.

The Year 3 children came up with different ideas as to where they could set the scene and all decided what they wanted to happen during the short film. The video shows different acts performing and then catastrophe strikes when the lions escape!

‘All the souls on earth shall sing’ – Magdalen Village School, Norfolk

Rhys and Michael’s clip concentrated on the verse ‘and all the souls on Earth shall sing’ and represents Lego people celebrating with Santa and Jesus with a very prominent Christmas tree and church. The boys worked particularlly hard to get the animation as smooth and professional looking as they could.

‘Pac-Man dies’ – Gabriel, St. Thomas More Catholic Junior School

This filmw as created by Gabriel, a member of the Creative Computer Club at St Thomas More Catholic Junior School.



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