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Professional Development : Training

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The BOX! Professional Development workshop comes with an experienced AnimAction Trainer (AT) with all the necessary training equipment including computer system, video camcorder, camera stand, scanner, animation tools materials and supplies.

The AT will be set-up to work with participants over the predetermined period.  The training will be hands-on and a microcosm of a youth workshop.  The group of trainees will work in teams to develop and produce their own animated short.  During this experiential training, all the trainees will receive opportunities to handle the animation tools, software and technology.  

The trainees will also gain a hands-on understanding of how animation works with regard to movement, timing and cinematic compositions that can drive the story of an animated media production.

The main goal of the training is to prepare teachers with enough knowledge and skill-set to use The BOX! and teach animation to youth in their community or school setting.  Of course, like any new skill there is a learning curve to climb and comfort level to reach.  This course has been designed to simplify the animation process enabling “newcomers” to this field to produce at a very basic level.  However, the tools provided leave room for improvement and a certain amount of progress can be achieved depending on the amount of time the program is put into use and practiced.  There is definitely room for growth both for the adults and the youth who ultimately engage the program.  This growth relates to developing more sophisticated aesthetic artwork and story content.  In effect, the production quality will improve over time.  In addition, as teachers and youth involved in the program build confidence they become partners.

A certain amount of time will be devoted toward approaches on how to integrate The BOX! with various curriculum.  Trainees will not only leave with a basic foundation in 2D animation, but they will learn how they can design projects and engage their students in the classroom.  AnimAction’s program is not a replacement curriculum but a supplemental program that has the ability to reach youth in a lot of ways traditional curricula fail.

With this kind of media arts program, if possible, it is smart to put the lessons learned into practice immediately.   It is suggested to plan to start work with youth at each site conducting workshops very soon after the PD workshop.   This provides an opportunity for the teachers to overcome any insecurity issues they may have about the process as they might discover issues from an early time that require support.  AnimAction offers free technical support with the software.  This way, we get to protect our investment and ensure that the teachers receive the initial support they might require to feel comfortable, thereby setting them up to succeed in the future and beyond!

AnimAction is offering free technical support on the animation software over the phone or email.  This service can be considered an “in-kind” contribution.

It is suggested that we bring all the teachers together at a strategic time when they have run The BOX! in their classroom and will have possibly built-up a few questions for support.  

The follow-up booster session will run for two to three hours where an AT will re-cap the animation program, technology and software.  Teachers will also have the opportunity to raise questions and in a group environment the AT will respond.  There will also be time set- aside for teachers to present their discoveries working in the classroom with their students.  This information presented from one teacher’s “lessons learned” could help another teacher in the future.

The BOX! consists of all the animation tools, materials, supplies sound cues, manuals and easy to use PC/MAC animation software, allowing you to capture, composite, color and output your animated films, turning  any environment into an entirely self-sufficient animation studio!   There are re-usable and photocopy able materials with other supplies that can be replenished from the local stationary store.

The BOX! can be set-up for 10, 20, 30 or 40 youth-participants.

This can vary from one-day to two-days, each day to be six – eight hours long.

AnimAction will assemble a budget plan that best suits your school or institution.  We are also very flexible with our schedule. Please call: (818) 222-4690

All we ask is that you come with an open mind.  While The BOX! might seem that it’s all about technology, it’s not! It’s all about story telling and creativity. It would help to be able to kick around a mouse and be familiar with opening, closing and saving files but that’s all really.

AnimAction prides itself on developing simple teaching tools and after 22 years of development we have no excuses!

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