Animating Dreams: The ACME Animation Program

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I really like this video.

Monica Nash (not verified)

OC Animation Project

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I am a teacher at Sowers Middle School in Huntington Beach and am on my third year with ACME. We got involved as part of the Orange County Animation Project through a grant from the Orange County Department of Education. Since then, I have been solely using ACME in my computer animation class. I don't have a background in art, so I was a bit apprehensive at first. It didn't take long to see that Dave Masters and his gang have already figured out how to make learning more dynamic. My job is so easy; I'm just the facilitator. The students take feedback much more seriously when they hear it from college students, professors, and professionals! In the process, they are learning so much.

As a teacher, it is exciting to see my students accept feedback and revise their work accordingly. In this way, their desire grows because they have a real audience, their vocabulary is developing with the language of animation, and their communication skills are improving as they write their intentions, questions, and comments. They are constantly striving for improvement in their work. How can that go wrong?

This program has especially helped show the importance of having good reading skills. It is the student's responsibility to read the challenge, understand what is being asked, and use problem solving strategies to accomplish the task. They learn to rely on storytelling skills within a different context, art. It isn't easy to do, but there isn't a day that goes by where the students are not constantly engaged in their projects or critiques of others' work. It's hard to get them to leave when the bell rings, and many students sign up for another semester! Thank you, ACME!!

John Perry (not verified)

Vincent: A Few Serious Individual Members

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Vincent,
ACME is currently set up for classroom participation, but we're redesigning the website to improve the efficiency, and will be offering individual memberships. We're looking for a few serious students like your daughter to use the current system and provide us feedback as we redesign it. If she's interested, please have her contact us at info@theacmenetwork.org
John Perry, the ACME Network

Vincent (not verified)

Finding animation mentors

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My daughter is very interested in animation. She will be a senior next year and after graduation she hopes to study animation in college. She' anxious to get some guidance on both - what universities to consider as well as some direction on what she should be working on to prepare for her career in animation. We have spoken with the high school that she is attending and they have layers of bureaucracy to go through to add a program such as The ACME Animation Program or any curriculum – they said that in a few years they may have an animation class - of course, that wouldn’t benefit my daughter who will be graduating next year. Here's my question: is there any way that an individual student can get involved with the animation mentor program???

R Zoumut (not verified)

ACME Animation Project in Orange County

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The video is really telling it like it is! But there is more!!!

As a teacher who has been involved with ACME for a few years, it's been a great experience! It starts with teacher training in the summer and continual communication, industry workshops, teacher field trips to major studios, surveys (for teacher & students), film festivals with animators’ interviews, and support through out the school year from ACME and OCDE.

My students work more on the ACME website. Uploading their pencil or computer challenges...they comment on the animation challenges almost daily and read the responses from their peers in the classroom, college students (or from another school), or animators (the big goal!). Team work, deadlines and communication skills are developed more when working towards one goal, such as the storyline, storyboard production, storyboard presentation to investors (the rest of the class), filming, etc.

What satisfaction to see life skills, individual success and pure joy while the students are learning. Sign me up...again!

Joe (not verified)

Acme Animation Project

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As a language arts teacher, I see alot of the things I want my students to do with writing taking place in the video. They have questions about how to communicate things that they can't communicate effectively. I would love to see the amount of writing that takes place in these classrooms. I bet there is a great deal of purposeful reading and writing going on back and forth. I would imagine that the story board with the written explanation from the professional animator will have a powerful impact on the student who receives the feedback.

Wendy Cazin (not verified)

Video clip of animation

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Really interesting video clip. It is great way for students to visually see and enhance their learning through perfecting their animation skills. Also, gives the students access to actual professionals working in animation. Teaches the students different ways to communicate with their mentors.

lilly (not verified)

nice!!! really nice!!!

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this video looks so proffessional and nice, i think it shows a cool way ofletting people know that they should hang onto their dreams.and to also know that they are lucky to have what they have , so let them make the most of what you got.

Keith Rosko (not verified)

animation and media literacy

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Outstanding video clip - we teach animation here at Chenango Forks and our Art department is a strong believer in the idea that an individual who is not fluent in the interpretation of visual media is not totally literate.

This was a great clip in helping to make that argument!

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