Students to be taught Animation Film-making

Students to be taught Animation Film-making

Thiruvananthapuram: Schoolchildren in Kerala will soon have the facility to learn the intricacies of making animation films using free software, thanks to an initiative by the IT@School project.

Anwar Sadat, executive director, IT@School, said the training programme was designed to teach children all aspects of animation film – making, including identification of story, preparing the screenplay and story board, drawing cartoon figures and animating them, giving sound and music to the cartoon characters, and giving titles to the film.

As many as five students from each district, who won prizes in the school IT festival, have been given special training. These students will train children across the State through a video conferencing programme to be telecast on the Edusat network.

The first training session will be held from 3rd May, 2011 to 6th May, 2011. Mr. Sadat said the network would offer the facility to students sitting at the Edusat centres at the district – level to interact with experts at the IT@School studio in Thiruvananthapuram.

He said the idea for the programme was born out of a four – year project in the Kuttipuram educational sub – district under which children were imparted training in cartoon film – making by cartoonist E. Suresh.

“We began by using Flash, a proprietary software. It took a year for the students to come up with a film. Things changed when we started using free software. The students found it took less time. They could exercise more control over the process,” said Mr. Suresh.

As many as 700 children in schools across the State will receive special training in the first phase of the programme. “We propose to train another 3,000 students in subsequent batches scheduled to begin on 16th May, 2011, 20th May, 2011, and 24th May, 2011.

These students will go on to conduct camps on animation film-making in various schools. The training video to be made by IT@School Victers will be used for telecast on the Edusat network as well as for the training sessions at schools,” Mr. Sadat said.

The programme will use the Ktoon free software to make animation films. Imaging software such as GIMP and packages such as Openshot video editor, Audacity, and Kdenlive will be employed for editing and sound mixing.

Mr. Sadat said all these packages had been incorporated in the operating system supplied to the schools and teachers.