The Beginnings of our Animation Program
In 2009 our Art Teacher Dianne Zobel invited an artist, Megan Evans, to help us with a new and exciting project. It began as an idea for an art animation about Gilgamesh and Humbaba and the cutting of the Cedar Forest. This story is thousands of years old and believed to be the oldest story in recorded history, carved into a stone tablet.
The project grew into a pop-up book set, and then continued to grow into a collaborative work with children from South Africa. It was the start of big things at Doreen Primary School.
After the project was exhibited it was published as a story in the local paper and we caught the attention of educators who encouraged us to make another film and suggested we enter the ACMI Screen It competition. The following year we made Cubbies and which we entered into the prestigious competition at ACMI and won the best overall entry.
Each year (for the next 10 years) until the Screen It competition was closed, we entered a film and made it to the finals, apart from one disappointing year there was a complication with our entry and we were not included.
Selected students from grades 4, 5 and 6 created and produced short stories which were all put together in to one animation called Good Stories. They all illustrated life in our semi rural small primary school setting and the rest of the school helped out with sets. Sandmap was one of those stories and came equal second in the 2012 VITTA video challenge
Cubbies was another one of the short stories made for the Short Story animation and tells about the playground activity that became a tradition for Doreen PS student. It won the best overall entry by a primary school in the 2012 ScreenIt competiiton and was chosen for the Little Big Shots International Film festival
The Screen 2015
The screen was made by animating strange drawings made in art. the drawings were made by one student folding the paper in half and drawing objects and then another student completing the picture without knowing what had been drawn on the first half of the page. They were then animated using stop frame animation.
the Eggstaordinary Day 2017
Old Trom and the Two Strange Strings 2018
To make Trom and the Two Strange Strings, Students listened to different musical instruments then chose three that fitted the theme of Curiosity. From here a sound track was developed to animate. the instruments chosen were the cello, trombone and ukelele and these became the stars of the animation.
Wear it is about showing the differences between one of our former teachers (Mrs Fraser) recollections of what is was like when she went to school and what it is like in today's classroom. We look at all the plastic that has replaced wooden products and the the throw away problems we now face.