Create a short cartoon that tells a story.
Every member will need a computer with Internet connection for this project. It is helpful if youth begin this project with a story in mind, perhaps from the beginner-level project Storyboarding.
Before leading this project with a group, create a free account on PowToon.com and share the login information with your members. This way, each member won't need to create an individual account.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
What Will You Animate?
What is the simplest way you could describe animation? Do you have a favorite animation style? What are some examples? Now watch this video and listen for the main character’s definition of animation or read this article about different types of animation. What is one interesting thing you learned?
What would you enjoy making a short animation about? If you’ve completed the Storyboarding badge, you could animate the story from your storyboard. If you don’t have a storyboard yet, brainstorm some ideas for your animation.
Having trouble thinking of ideas? What if you made an animation about...
-- A time when you overcame a challenge
-- A funny story that your family likes to tell about you
-- All the things that make your Club great
-- An alternative ending to your favorite book or movie
-- Your advice to youth thinking about joining the Club
You don’t have to write out every word for your script, but be sure to think about:
-- Setting: Where does your story take place?
-- Characters: Who is in this story?
-- Plot: How does your story begin? What happens in the middle? How does it end?
Open the online animation program PowToon. Sign up for a free account or ask your Club staff to create a Club account. Once you have confirmed your account through your email, start creating.
You can get familiar with PowToon by using one of their templates. The key to figuring out any new program is playing around and experimenting with it as much as possible. If you like to learn a little before diving right in or if you get stuck while using the program, PowToon has a lot of tutorials.
You might create a PowToon account for the entire Club and let all of your members log in with the same username and password.
Say: "The key to figuring out any new program is playing around and experimenting with it as much as possible. If you like to learn a little before diving right in, or if you get stuck while using the program, PowToon has a lot of tutorials." Share the PowToon QuickStart Guide page.
You could watch a tutorial or two as a group or let members begin playing around in the program and refer to the video tutorials as needed.
Maybe you would like to create an example animation of your own to share with students. This blog post has some great examples using the PowToon templates.
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