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Mission 2097 – creating work inspired by the future

My name is Emma and I have been working with students at Hobmoor again this term to create videos, animations, comics and other visual work based on our theme of what the world might be like in the future: ‘Mission 2097’.

I make videos and lead workshops teaching others how to make their own films and animations using whatever technology they have access to. There are so many great apps out there for our phones and tablets that make it easy for us to flex our creative muscles!

This term I have been working with years 1, 2, 4, and class 6D – I had already worked with the year 4s when they were in year 3, so they already had a bit of a head start on the apps we have been using.

At the beginning of term we talked about what we thought the world might look like in the future, including the homes we would be living in, the vehicles and other technology we might have, and how we ourselves might change.

Future house and guard robot
Future house and guard robot – made using Huepaint


Robot eyes!
Robot eyes!

 Moving images

Once we had talked through some ideas of how the design of our future houses, appliances and vehicles might look and what features they might have, we also talked about our own appearances and how human bodies might change. Could we find a cure for ageing? Would prosthetic limbs and body parts be improved? Would we be able to even change our biology, or that of other animals?

To explore this, we used drawing animation with iPad app I Can Animate, an affordable and very simple to use animation app. The app has an ‘onion skinning’ feature which allows you to see the ‘ghost’ of the last picture you talk, so it helps users to line up their object or drawing in the right place for each photo.

Robot car – made using I Can Animate

Robot friends – made using I Can Animate

Interviews, ads and trailers

For the video work, we used iMovie, a very simple app for filmmaking. We interviewed eachother about our future predictions, made trailers for futuristic movies, and also advertisements for future products.


Most recently, we have been using the app Comic Life to create comic strips and posters trying to teach people ways that they can change or things they can do to make the future better. The messages we have concentrated on the most are bullying, dropping litter, and racism.

Comic about littering - made in Comic Life
Comic about littering – made in Comic Life

On Wednesday the 7th of December we will be putting all of this work on display in the hall and innovation studio, so watch this space!

Film and animation club – adventures in Imovie

After a few weeks of honing their animation skills in I Can Animate, the film and animation club have been trying their hand at Imovie, a great editing app that is either free or low-priced depending on your operating system (Apple only) and very simple to use.

Imovie contains built-in templates in a number of genres for making your own movie trailer – it is really simple to use as it provides the music and captions (which are editable) and provides the user with a storyboard to follow, telling them what kind of shots to get e.g. close-up. Simply record the shots, adjust the text as you wish, and Imovie does the rest!


The group then came up with some of their own movie ideas – here we have the team battling a zombie breakout, and then taking on criminal masterminds in an action film called ‘Agents of Hobmoor’ – enjoy!



First session of the film & animation after school club

Emma here! Last week I had my first after school session with a group of year five pupils, and we got stuck in with I Can Animate, an animation app on the iPads.

I pointed my group of animators towards a box of plasticine and asked them to go forth and do whatever their imagination dictated – here is what they came up with! They have each helpfully provided a synopsis for their videos:

Balram – “My story is about a bunny lost and he finds a pool and jumps in the pool and he drowns”

Patrick – “My video is about a football and a leg changing into a mud circle and a worm then into a firework and then a man comes, jumps off a trampoline and turns into a black hole and everything gets sucked up”

Ram – “It is about a worm going into a pit and a blob of paint hitting a wall and explodes and a man doing gymnastics”

Ryan – “Avengers assemble, they fight villains”

Tammie – “Stick Man Trouble! A stick man wakes up and finds a dog and gets stuck in a rainbow puddle and much more”

Zulqurnain – “It’s about a guy called Mip and he loves fighting, he fights his dog and also an evil bad guy who turns into a boulder. Can Mip survive? To be continued…”

Video and animation on the iPad

Hi, my name is Emma – I make videos, and run workshops teaching others how to make their own films and animations using whatever technology they have access to. Now  that we all have so many gadgets at our fingertips there are a wide variety of apps and programmes that users can access to make their own creative projects, and in the age of smartphones and tablets everyone can get in on the fun.

I have been working with pupils in years 2, 3 and 4 using equipment that they already have varying degrees of experience with (iPads) and free or very low-priced creative apps. I am one of four artists currently working with students at Hobmoor to explore what it is to be an artist – in the first few sessions I asked them for their thoughts on this and it seems that most believed that you weren’t an artist if you couldn’t paint or draw! We talked about the many ways in which one could be an artist and through working with different media, they are discovering that there are many routes to finding their ‘inner artist’ and expressing themselves creatively.

Introduction to video and animation

Over the first three weeks of this project, the pupils have been working with an app called Vine – Vine is free for smartphones and tablets and is accessible from computers too (it requires an email address or Twitter account to login, so I have set up a profile for each class). It is a very simple app for making short videos or animations, and is quite unique in that the videos are square (not TV shaped!), you record and stop by lifting your finger on and off the screen rather than pressing a button, and you are limited to a duration of six seconds. Once you finish recording, you are able to do a little further editing within the app if needed (although only in terms of cutting or removing clips) and you can share it instantly.

Learning to use Vine


In the first week, I wanted to introduce everyone to the basics of animation without making it too complicated, so I had the pupils pull as many silly faces to the camera as they could fit into the 6 second time frame, stopping and starting the recording throughout. I was certainly impressed with their face-pulling abilities!


In the second week we moved onto animating objects, which required a bit more time and care; the children used tripods to keep the iPads steady and Vine’s onion-skinning feature – the ‘ghost tool’ – to see how far they moved the object between shots, as smaller movements give better results. The trickiest parts were keeping the tripods still and making sure everybody’s hands were out of the way!

Topic: Identity

Last week I introduced the topic that we are going to be working with for the rest of the term; ‘identity’. We talked about what identity means and the different factors and influences that make up who we are – where we have lived, the things we like, our cultural and ethnic backgrounds, languages we speak, etc. In each session, we identified how many countries and cities we could represent as a whole class – I also asked them what they knew about some of the places on the lists we came up with, and asked them to draw things that we might expect to see in those places. As you can see from this picture of one of our lists, Hobmoor is very international!



I then asked the pupils to record a Vine video (no animation this time, just a continuous six second recording) talking about their identity; the countries and cities they have known, the languages that they speak, etc.

This was very challenging within the time limit, but we already knew that our identities are far too interesting to be summed up in six seconds – which is why we will be moving on from Vine and making some longer videos next!