Media students get a taster for film animation
More than twenty five sixth formers studying A' level Media Studies and the Film I.B undertook a one day intensive workshop in 3D animation and Special Effects. The taster sessions were part of 'Xtreme Media' run by the School of Engineering and Digitals Arts at the University of Kent in Canterbury.
The students were split into two groups. The Special Effects students were filmed on a green screen so that they could then composite their footage into still images of a 3D world using industry standard 'After Effects' software. They were then taught how to add shadows, smoke and other effects to create their own film footage. The other workshop was a 3DS Max workshop where the sixth formers had an opportunity to see how 3D is used in CGI (computer generated imagery) movies. They also produced a short walk cycle animation using a CGI model as featured in the blockbuster, The Matrix.
On the 23 June 2011 at Bluewater a schools challenge was held, in which schools were invited to bring along teams who had made a solar, electric remote control or internal combustion remote control boat. In a previous year Dane Court has won the overall title. This year Dane Court entered three teams who made three solar boats, these were made up of one year seven team, one year eight and one year nine. The teams unfortunately only had 3 weeks to build their solar boats, which was very short compared to the time the other competing schools had.
Students from year 7 through to year 13 took the opportunity to perform at the annual Dickens Festival on Broadstairs Bandstand on 21 June 2011. A very windy day, the challenges were not only entertaining the large crowd that had gathered but also keeping the music on the stands! Thanks to Kirsty Higbee, Chloe Louise Gaddes, Robert Evans, Elias Votta, Etienne Avisse Brown, Dominic Bent, Jonathan Ward and Cameron Taylor for jazzin' the afternoon away.
During the Broadstairs Charles Dickens Festival, Dane Court took part in the Charles Dickens Reading competition run by the Isle of Thanet Gazette. Huge congratulations must go to the winners of the final.
In the Junior category Ben Marshall of 7D won while Gregory Whatley of 8D came second. In the Senior Category Henry Parkinson of 12F came first while Chantelle Cohen of 12D came second.