PetaPixel: This Mesmerizing Animation Consists of Google Earth Satellite Photos. “Photographer Páraic McGloughlin took Google Earth satellite photos and strung them together into this extremely fast-paced animation titled Arena. The lines and shapes seen from a bird’s-eye view are used to create movement in the frame.” Wow!
The Drum: How Animation Made Ad Land (And How Ad Land Made Animation) . “The British Film Institute’s (BFI) new archive of animated ads tells the story of two industries bound by symbiosis: while animation broke down the confines of reality for creatives, the ad industry proved a profitable playpen for the first generation of animators.” The archive will only play if you’re in the UK. I’m not going to mention anything about using a VPN to get around this.
Larry Ferlazzo: Just Revised & Updated “Best Ways For Students To Create Online Animations”. “I just completely revised and updated Best Ways For Students To Create Online Animations. Let me know if I’m missing any. I’m beginning my annual review of many Web 2.0 – related ‘Best’ lists. Yesterday, I revised The Best Ways To Make Comic Strips Online.” I can’t include all Larry’s lists here because I wouldn’t have room for anything else. But I encourage you to explore his site if you haven’t.
RTE: New suite of apps offers access to Irish film archive. “The Irish Film Institute’s Film Archive has launched a suite of apps to enable people to access its digital archive of film from anywhere in the world for free. Thousands of minutes of content, including Irish made films, shorts, documentaries, animation, advertisements and newsreels owned by the IFI are all available.”
Hongkiat: 10 Best Tools to Create Animated Videos of 2017 . “…creating captivating videos is easier said than done, especially if you’re using the traditional video editors like Adobe Premiere or iMovie. But, there is a solution to that i.e. using video creator tools designed especially to create animated, explainer videos. These tools help you make explainer or training videos using simple drag-and-drop interface, and offer lots of customization features including video clips, photos, etc. Have I got your interest? Alright then, let’s check the best video creators to create short, animated, explainer or training videos.”
School Library Journal: Plotagon now free for educators. “Reminiscent of Xtranormal, Plotagon encourages writing skills as users craft professional-looking animated movies. Plotagon movies are built from series of scenes, featuring customizable characters and complete with text-based dialogue, emotions, sound effects, and actions. Dialogue can be read by either computer text-to-speech voices or by recording your own voice.”
Digital Trends: This Social Media Platform Is Dedicated Entirely to Gif-like Animated Stills. “Plotagraph’s social platform is designed to help artists and photographers exhibit and share their work. Unlike a GIF, which is created from a video, Plotagraph creates partially animated photos by starting with only a single photo — the end result is similar, but the process is faster, developers claim. On the social platform, the animated still will auto-play and auto-loop across all devices, making it the first social platform dedicated exclusively to animated, GIF-like photos.”