Last year I was asked to help a fellow teacher who wanted to lead an animation club. I agreed and enjoyed it immensely. We went from a Digital Blue camera (horrible things, terribe user interface on the software side) to Logitech webcams that had some nice software bundled with them (forget the model but pricey @ £80 each).
This year I’ve managed to bag a trio of Canon MV890 DV cameras (but only two tripods, harumph), a suite of Macs and a site license for I Can Animate. We started this Monday with a new cohort (mostly Y7s but a couple of Y8s as well) who had been considerably trimmed down from the original applicants (we could have filled the room 3 times over, which is a comforting feeling).
Naturally I’ve started a blog to document what we’ve been doing and I’ll get the kids involved ASAP.
Pop along to the Egglescliffe Student Blogs for more details.
The next challenge is to have a good go at Chroma Keying (I’ve had a few experiments with sugar paper but could do with a better green/blue screen setup).