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November 11, 2012

Aardman & Kudlian bring Animation to Kids!

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Written by: stopmo

 
Independent educational software publisher, Kudlian has teamed up with multi- Oscar® winning, Wallace & Gromit creators, Aardman Animations to launch software that gives children the chance to create their own animation classic in the classroom.

The software, ‘Animate It!’ uses stop-frame technology and can easily be integrated into the classroom to support the curriculum and inspire children to develop a love for animation. There is currently a free downloadable trial available online- http://animateit.kudlian.net/download-form-ai.html

 

 

 

 

Check out the Press Release Below for more info!!!

“Cracking job Gromit”-Software firm teams up with animation giant to get kids creating

Independent educational software publisher, Kudlian has teamed up with multi- Oscar® winning, Wallace & Gromit creators, Aardman Animations to launch software that gives children the chance to create their own animation classic in the classroom.

Using sophisticated stop-frame technology, Kudlian and Bristol-based Aardman Animations have launched the ‘Animate IT!’ software range, including a mobile app version. Building on the success of Kudlian’s award-winning ‘I Can Animate!’, the software combines professional functionality with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, underpinned by the element of fun that inspires children to learn and create.

Free downloadable resources, tips and tutorial videos from expert animators are also available on www.animate-it.com. From free themed film kits offering inspiration and assets for your animations to ‘how to’ videos showing teachers and pupils some simple yet mind-blowing tricks of the trade, the site is packed full of innovative, straightforward and fun ideas. Enthusiasts can also sneak a peek behind the scenes at the Aardman studios and get updates on competitions for schools; the latest comes with the help of the BBC Proms and Wallace & Gromit.

Rob Goodchild, head of licensing at Aardman comments: “Aardman has always been committed to nurturing a love of animation in children so we were delighted to partner with Kudlian and develop the Animate IT! software. It’s never been easier to make and share animations and through Animate IT!, Aardman can share a wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise making highly technical world of an Oscar® winning studio accessible at home and in school, inspiring a future generation of animators.”

James Betts, managing director of Kudlian agrees: “Our partnership with Aardman combines the very best in animation technology with intuitive software designed so that animation can be easily integrated into the classroom to support curriculum delivery. ‘Animate IT!’ gives children a fantastic opportunity not only to mould well-known Aardman characters and bring their creation to life but to develop wider collaborative skills and develop a true love of animation.”
For digital enthusiasts and fans of nostalgia alike, the ‘Animate IT! Morph Edition’ comes complete with flexible press-moulds and modelling clay to create your own Morph and Chas and the animation software compatible with both PC and Mac. It allows users to record their animations frame-by-frame using a webcam (not included) and experiment with green screen technology to add still or moving backgrounds to the animation, bringing the storyline to life and ensuring a professional finish. There are also video tutorials featuring Aardman experts. The software can also be downloaded directly and a multi-license version developed specifically for schools will launch in January at Bett 2013.
Rebecca Cole, a teacher from Glenaire Primary School, has been using the software to great effect in her classroom: “We love using animation in our primary school because the children love getting creative, being hands on and working with each other. Using this animation software has added some real excitement to cross-curricular projects. Plus, with its intuitive design and powerful optional tools, we have been able to use the software across school in all age groups to great effect.”
There is also an iOS app version of the Animate IT! software, which is compatible with iPhones, the 4th generation iPod Touch, and camera-equipped iPads enables users to create HD quality animations or time-lapse movies on the go. Once captured, the film can be exported easily as movie file and shared with the world via MMS, Email or uploaded to Facebook or You Tube.

Animate IT! Morph edition costs £29.99, the downloadable software costs £19.95 and the app is available to download on Aardman’s iTunes store for £1.99.



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