The merging of computers, digital art, animation, projection, music and interaction has opened a world of possibilities and careers for budding creative artists. The software programs come from all over the world, Smode from France, VVVV from Germany and TouchDesigner from Canada.
A toolkit for teachers and students in media and film, this blog is designed to curate and synthesize educational methods and materials.
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As the New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) nominees were announced for Outstanding Interstitial, I was struck by the fact that Ethan’s Music Room, unlike the other entries, integrally involved students in all aspects, from pre-production, production and post-production. Ethan’s Music Room – created “By Kids, For Kids,… Read More
The importance of publicly displaying student work is well known. Students receive acknowledgment and take pride in what they have accomplished, teachers are recognized for their expert training and guidance and school visitors gain a deeper appreciation for the learning community. “It is a chance for the students to measure their progress.” – Jamie Verab,… Read More
At Video Copilot they say, “We create tools & training for people who love motion design & visual effects!” What they don’t say is that the training and tutorials are free and excellent, nearly a right of passage for aspiring visual artists. Video Copilot is an excellent resource for teachers to access and for students looking… Read More
A key moment comes in every classroom; independent of the discipline when students wonder why their teachers are teaching the material and what importance it will have for the student’s future. Some students circumvent both questions by focusing on achieving a grade, while others tune out. But reducing the exchange to a transitory transaction misses… Read More
Free, Fun and Fantastic! Canva is a free design program accessed online or by IOS app, which you can use to easily produce professional image compositions. “Using the tool will make you a better visual communicator.” -Lisa Johnson Teacher, Curriculum developer and Education writer at Techchef4u.com and 2016 PBS Lead Digital Innovator from Texas. You and your students will love… Read More
So you want to do something and you need to learn how. Where do you turn? Depending on what you want to do you could turn to YouTube or Vimeo for video tutorials. For Adobe After Effects we turn to Video Co-Pilot, more about VCP on another tip. This tip is about Lynda.com, a site… Read More
I know what you are thinking, what is kerning and why would you want your students to play a kerning game? CPBN Art Director Todd Gray says he kerns so much, he considers kerning part of designing. An interview and examples from Todd later, but first, what is kerning? Here is a definition. Kerning is… Read More
Seeing great photographs is an important step to creating great photographs. Unsplash is an online resource that can help your students. “Since Unsplash launched over two years ago as a simple Tumblr blog that hosted a handful of free-to-use photos, the site has grown to host over 30,000 high-quality images and is widely regarded as… Read More
Especially when it saves typing words, numbers or having to describe which functions and what values were used in Adobe Premiere. The picture was created using the Snipping Tool on my Windows 7 Professional desktop. The Snipping Tool, like Grab for Mac users, enables you to select a portion of the screen and take a… Read More