All set for state-wide student’s animation movie training programme


Tvm: The IT@School Project is all set to empower the student populace in Kerala with animation movie making skills entirely based on Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), through massive state-wide training programmes beginning on May 3, 2011.

The innovative training session would take the students to walk through the entire animation movie making process comprising of phases such as identification of a story line, development of script and storyboard, drawing the cartoon characters, animating them, giving sounds to characters as well as providing background music, creating titles for the films and so on.

Students who would enter Class 8 & 9 this year would get a preference to attend the animation training. First preference would be given to winners of the Sub-district level Digital Painting competition. Students who wish to participate in the animation training should contact the respective District Office of the Project for further information.

As part of this, a special state level training was provided to five students each from the Districts who secured top positions at the School IT Fests. These students would also act as resource persons in the massive training programme which would be conducted state-wide using the Video Conferencing facility of EDUSAT network.

More than 700 selected students would be imparted the training during the first spell. Later, additional batches which are scheduled on May 16, 20 & 24 would witness as many as 3,000 more students getting trained in animation during this vacation. These students along with the Resource persons would in turn train their schoolmates in training sessions which would be held in their schools.

The Free Software based application- Ktoon is majorly used in creating animation films. Similar FOSS based applications such as GIMP imaging software, Open Shot video editor which could be used for editing cartoon pictures and sound mixing, Audacity, Kden Live, etc would also be used for the training purpose. The course is absolutely free for the student and all these packages and applications have already been included in the Operating System which was provided to all schools and teachers.

In a release, K Anvar Sadath, Executive Director, IT@School Project & ViCTERS educational channel said, “The creative output of students as a result of this ongoing process could also be used for classroom transactions as well as for content for IT@School ViCTERS channel.”

Kerala IT News


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