Here are your free Animating Kids! secret recipes

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(Secret Recipe PDF Links Are Under Each Video)

White Hat Recipe #5 - Speeding-up & Slowing Down

What You Will Learn

By either increasing or decreasing the spacing as you take pictures, you can create the illusion of speeding-up or slowing down.

Why This Is Important

This is a fundamental skill animators must understand. It looks simple, but we find beginners do not intuitively grasp this concept until they try. The impulse will be to control speed taking fewer or more pictures between each move. Don't do this. Follow the recipe and see what happens when we do it right.

White Hat Recipe #9 - Bouncing Ball

What You Will Learn

The bouncing ball recipe blends two basic animation concepts into one. Speeding Up & Slowing Down is added to a new concept - Squash & Stretch - and we create the illusion of impact and rebound. Try the Bowling Ball and Water Balloon recipe PDFs for variations on this theme.

Why Is This Important?

Spacing the ball along a curve with Speeding Up & Slowing Down spacing, while Squashing & Stretching requires concentration. This recipe blends two different animation ideas at the same time. Sometimes animators must keep track of 3, 4, or more animation concepts at the same time.

White Hat Recipe #14 - Sneeze with Wind-Up & Follow Through

What You Will Learn

The Sneeze recipe is a great example of keeping track of three or four animation concepts at the same time. What's new is the idea of the Wind Up or in other words, the "getting ready" part of an animation.

Why Is This Important?

Professional animators call it anticipation, but we like to call the animation of getting ready to do an action the Wind Up. We wind up to throw a ball, to jump, to run, and a lot of other motions including a sneeze. Timing is also major concept being introduced here. How long to hold a wind up motion before the sneeze? Tweaking our math and produce fun timing variations. 

 Thank you for letting the Animation Chefs introduce you to these Animating Kids! secret recipes.

Now you have a sense of how easy and accessible film-making and media concepts can be for today's media mentors and the youth they serve.

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Bon Animate!

Animating Kids instantly turned our 4th grade class into an animation studio. No prep other than printing out the worksheet for our student-led groups. It was like we stepped into their Youtube world and started de-coding the secrets of fimmaking and digital storytelling. We projected their work on our smartboard and had our own film festival. Genius!
— William Josephs - Mt. Vernon Elementary Media Specialist