Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Top 5 tips for communicating with Deaf young people

Top 5 tips for communicating with Deaf young people

This is a short film made with a group of Deaf young people to help teachers and pupils to understand how best to communicate with them. It covers common mistakes which the young people found in school, and which make their lives more difficult and frustrating. Animation is used to get the information across in a fun way, and is intended to be watched and understood by hearing and non-hearing audiences.

The Top Tips are:
1: Avoid visual distractions 2: Position yourself properly 3: Make yourself clear 4: How to get attention 5: What to do in group situations

Here are some pictues from the project as well as a video of some taster animations done during the sessions.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Arthritis film

Well here it is, the film about childhood arthritis. Let us know what you think of it!

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Arthritis Sessions

Today has been really good. I have been recording about how arthritis attacks your body and slows you down. I was really excited when I heard about coming because I'd never done stuff like this before. My mum said she really liked the flip books and the rollers. I have met some new friends and have enjoyed bringing my cousin along.


Below is a short animation made by Laura:

This is a film that Kayleigh made with her younger sister to show her how to animate when she came to meet her at the end of the sessions:

Rollers from Day 1

The Arthritis project has begun, and these are some rollers we have done as an introduction to animating. More videos to follow...

alexander porter

the second day of biomation was great i made A BIT about how people get arthuritis and this should be on the website soon
we also made a few clips with a skeleton in it and they were about how arthuritus makes you feel like your slowing down and about how arthuritus affects the movement of the joints and also on the arthuritus clip there was at the start a gingerbread man getting eaten.

p.s. keep looking at the website there will be more videos on it
p.p.s.the gingerbred man is there to get you interested


it was very exciting

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Live Arts: Viruses

Virus project

The aim of the this project was to take a one hour long workshop into local schools to show how art can be used to explore and explain scientific concepts.

We consulted with research scientist Andrew Axon, Liver research group, Newcastle University to understand the mechanisms used by viruses to reproduce. Once we understood the principles, we reduced them down into a format we could take and explain to primary school children.

Each workshop lasted one hour and involved around 30 children. We needed to engage them before explaining the science, and did this by showing a computer animation of a virus attempting to take over a cell - but without explaining it to them first. We then asked the pupils to imagine what was happening. We then offered an analagous explanation of an alien (virus) taking over a factory (cell) in space (the body). Having fired their imagination they drew and cut out their own aliens to animate this story.

We then revealed that the story was in fact about how viruses attack healthy cells and hi-jack their reproductive mechanisms. Once they understood this they were able to make the link between viruses they encountered (i.e. chicken pox, the common cold, and verrucas) and how they worked inside the body. Even the reception class were able to grasp the general concept.

Using animation and story-telling, we were able to successfully explain a complex biomedical process clearly to young children in a way that was engaging and age-appropriate.

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Arthritis clinic taster session

Thanks to everyone who had a go at animation at the arthritis clinic on Friday. We've uploaded the animation here - it looks really good. More information will be going out to you about the workshops - if you don't hear anything please contact us: info@biomation.org.uk

Monday, 9 March 2009

Diabetes Balloon Race video

Here it is: The latest excellent video from the Diabetes Balloon Association. Well done to all the group involved in this - you've done a cracking job.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Day 5

Today at Biomation, we are finishing off the live action and finishing the theme tune for our tv channel, hi there diabetes or HTD TV! We are also making our own little animations. Are folks are also coming to see what we have been working on because it's our last day of Biomation, Boo Hoo :-{ The project has been really interesting and the animating is fun! Today we send off the local link article.
By Sian and Alyssa

Today was the last day and we finished filming and doing my scenes. We also did the green screen and did last minute animation

This project was mint i hope they make another one its awesome well done simon and dan

I think the project is really good and it helps you to understand it more and meet new people. You can have a laugh but still get the work down.
Ruth and Giorgia x

It's been really really good, I've done animation and voiceovers.

I've made a plasticene elephant, made some animation, done some singing and had fun!

You can see some extra animations we did here:

If you'd like to download this file, either click on the Google Video logo on the video above and then look for the Download link, or else enter this address into your web browser:
This link will only last one week - if you haven't managed to download it by then, please leave a comment on this post and I'll upload it again. Simon

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Day 4

Today in Biomation we have been doing are final scene for the animated balloon race and are just about to start doing live filming and setting up the props and the scene set.We are also getting noises to add to the animated scenes when finised like :traffic,country,fire works and birds(woodpecker,blue tit.)In the morning we had been doing the logo for our TV show and this afternoon, we are focusing on the live action and script recording for the TV show. Today we also had four people working on sound effects for the animation. the photographer also came to get pics of us working. CHEEEESE!

By Ysabel and Sian

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

day 3

We've now started animating. Today everyone had a job to do for example i was doing background's and was doing some city scapes. Right now we are taking photos of the balloon race to animate. "
Ghibson Hudson
We are having a great time here its awesome
James Spencer

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

day 2

Today is the day we officialy start the project. We already created a story board, characters and now we're working on the script and props. The whole thing is going to be about a balloon race with contestants. One of them does everything right and wins, but the other one does most of the procedures wrong and loses.

Ghibson Hudson

Monday, 16 February 2009

Diabetes 2: First session

We've had a good start to this week - lots of ideas down on paper and enthusiasm for creating some cracking animation. Below are the results of some simple rollers we made as a warm up...

We did these by drawing one picture on the back of a flipbook piece of paper then we drew another picture again on the front.
We then rolled the front page up and then moved our pencil up and down on the piece of paper and voila!
James Spencer

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Biomation update - Diabetes community project

Good luck to all the young people, media artists and clinicians who will be involved in the Diabetes community project this week. I hope you all have a great time and you all enjoy making animations, films and music this week!

It would be great if you could write a daily update on the blog about what you are doing so we can keep a record of the project for people to read and learn about Biomation.

Check out the article in the Evening Press about this week’s project!

Have a good time. Looking forward to seeing the final animations!

Dave - Arts Action York