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jordan Posted: Mar 8th 2008

I Now Take You Back to the Year 2000,

i came across the cool article yesterday.

so enjoy below

Plasticine sales soar as 'Chicken Run' inspires young film makers

Sunday, 2 July 2000

Plasticine, long a favourite plaything of infant school pupils, is conquering new, high- minded territory. It is becoming the medium of choice for thousands of would-be artists in Britain's secondary schools and colleges.

Plasticine, long a favourite plaything of infant school pupils, is conquering new, high- minded territory. It is becoming the medium of choice for thousands of would-be artists in Britain's secondary schools and colleges.

The inspiration behind the revival is Nick Park, the man who gave the world Wallace and Gromit and the latest animated blockbuster, Chicken Run.

Triple Oscar-winning director Park's hit film about a mass break-out from a chicken farm is set to become a standard work in art, design and even English lessons across the country.

An educational CD-Rom based on the film, which opened in Britain on Friday, has already been sent to 15,000 schools, and its makers have been inundated with requests for more. Education experts predicted a boom in interest in the painstaking art of stop-frame animation in schools in response to the film, dubbed "poultry in motion".

And the makers of the famous Plasticine clay predicted a surge in demand as young fans copy the modelling techniques pioneered by Mr Park and his co-director Peter Lord of Bristol-based Aardman Animations.

The CD-Rom shows children how the film-makers made their animated models talk, and allows pupils to match the voice of the evil farmer, Mr Tweedy, to the movements of his Plasticine mouth.

The computer package also shows children how to outline a plot on a film storyboard and incudes a section of the development of the film's characters.

Ian Wall, director of the charity Film Education, which produced the CD-Rom with Aardman and Stephen Spielberg's Dreamworks Pictures in Hollywood, said the demand was unprecedented.

"It's a long time since we have had e-mails and telephone calls from people wanting a CD-Rom. We have had enquiries from school information technology advisors and art teachers. It's probably going to be the most popular thing we have done in the last five years. We might have to do a second pressing

"You would not think younger children would have the patience to do animation but with model animation you move more quickly and you don't have to draw 24 frames a second. The results are quickly available and you could probably get 25 to 30 seconds of action in a lesson.

"From a film-making point of view, you can do things which are very special. They can fly things to the moon, and do things they simply cannot do with a normal video camera.

"There's a lot you can learn from using a little bit of Plasticine."

Dr John Steers, general secretary of the National Society for Education in Art and Design, said the film would stimulate interest in animation.

"Animation is very, very rich and something that is thoroughly worthwhile for people who have the resources and enthusiasm to do it.

"It brings together art and craft and design. The learning opportunities are tremendous because it gives broad possibilities in art. Children get creative writing from making storyboards and there is the craft of modelling as well as the craft of film-making."

Jill Baker, head of English at Clapton Girls' Technology College in East London, is planning to incorporate the CD-Rom into English lessons next term. She said: "It's very impressive. Anything which varies the way you deliver the curriculum to students is good. Media education is part of the English national curriculum and this motivates the children. We can teach storyboarding in the classroom and it can be very dry, but on the CD-Rom it relates the work to something they see in the outside world.

"I have done some simple animation with the students. It is time-consuming, but the motivation factor is quite incredible."

Frank Martin, chief executive of Hull-based toymakers Humbrol, which manufactures Plasticine, said the company had already launched a special kit aimed at young movie-makers.

"It is the best known creative modelling material around the world and there is no doubt that earlier productions such as Morph and the Wallace and Gromit films have had a positive impact on sales. Obviously we would hope that Chicken Run has the same effect."

MARLOW NATHAN Posted: Mar 8th 2008

ok thanks

Mark the shark Posted: Mar 8th 2008

Thanks Jordan!;) Marlow Nathan, just be quiet if you don't have anything nice to say for Jordan kindly typing that out for US.:-|

curt t1 Posted: Mar 8th 2008

realy cul tanks

bond man Posted: Mar 8th 2008

cheers jordan:

Mark the shark Posted: Mar 8th 2008

Yeah, thanks!;)

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