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Flash course this weekend – 50% off!

As a special offer for Adobe User Group attendees – sign up for this weekend’s Flash Animation course at OFVM at a 50% discount. That’s £72.50 to you!

This is a two day course and runs 10:00 – 16.30 on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July, held at OFVM, Oxford with Alun Ward as your tutor.

Here’s some recent feedback from this course:

One of the best Adobe trainers I’ve ever come across. Eva
A great course that goes at a steady pace so everyone understands. Bruce
I think this is the best IT-based course I’ve ever done. Really good pace… Jenny

Read more details about the course on the OFVM web site. It’s suitable for beginners to Flash software and is an introduction to using it for animation, for video, and we’ll add basic interactivity using Actionscript. There are usually 8 or so students, so it’s a small and informal group with the opportunity on Sunday to pursue your own project work with the tutor’s help.

To get the discount, put ‘Adobe Group Member’ in the ‘please give details’ box when you book online.

If you want to chat to OFVM, call them on 01865 792731, or contact info@digitalcreativesoxford.com to ask Alun any further questions about the course.
This offer only lasts until noon on Thursday, so get booking!

Animator shows the work of young Oxfordshire film makers

Iona Fabian at Digital Creatives Oxford

Freelance film-maker and animator Iona Fabian last week demonstrated her work with schools and young people to the monthly meeting of the Digital Creatives Oxford group. Iona, who has been freelancing for 13 years, showed the group of media professionals online video animations created by young pupils of her workshops in Oxfordshire schools using Adobe Premiere Elements and Windows Moviemaker. The many examples of short clips of less than a minute were complemented by more complex animations lasting up to 10 minutes.

Iona pointed out that the young animators use many different materials to create their films, from Wallace and Grommet style plasticine to torn coloured paper, small models to crumpled tissue paper. Working methodically in groups of up to 5 around a camera the children have over many hours brought these materials to life, adding a mixture of music, sound effects, scripts and commentaries to give the animations an extra dimension.

“The students learn not only how to be patient and methodical, they develop team working and problem solving skills as well” said Iona. “Animation skills are becoming increasingly popular with parents now asking for workshops in order to keep pace and to be as creative and absorbed as their children”.

Finally during the evening’s talk and demonstration Iona screened a 10 minute animation created at John Watson School. This was the result of a multi-group activity across the school. One team of young people created the animation whilst another team wrote poetry to accompany the film. A group of young musicians in the schools teamed up to put the poetry to music and the school choir recoded the song as the backing sound track for the animation. “A marvellous experience of team working and creativity” said Iona.

Future meetings of the Digital Creatives Oxford group

March 17th After Effects Expressions with film maker Dariusz Dziala

April 21st Oxford professional photographer Gary Ombler

May 19th Commercial photographer, Mark Sommerville

June 16th – “Adventures in Meat Space”

July 21st Famous animators, Brothers McLeod