PIXEL’D is a free mobile app from Disney Studios that allows users to create animations. Users can choose to draw their own images, or use the app’s archive of Disney characters and effects to enhance their animation story. PIXEL’D’s archive offers classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse as well as more modern faces like Phineas and Ferb for users to experiment with. Combining these provided characters with user drawings will result in an original animations. Users can then save their story, and share it with friends and family. PIXEL’D lends itself well to a younger audience (5 and older) with its library of Disney animations. However, the interface may take time and practice for users to get accustomed to.
Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.
Conceptually, creating an animation is somewhat similar to writing a story. Because both animation and storytelling are linear processes, users are urged to see their animations in terms of a beginning, middle, and end. Foresight is important when making an animation, as users must always consider how their additions will affect the final product. Therefore, users must structure their PIXEL'D animations around their perception of an imagined scene. Users also have the ability to slow or hasten the speed in which the animation plays out, allowing them the opportunity to match the speed of the animation with their overall vision.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
Since an animated scene can be likened to a story or cartoon, PIXEL'D users must adapt their storytelling strategies to the medium that they are using. For example, if users wish to make a scene about Micky and Minnie Mouse meeting each other, they must understand the limitations of animation, and utilize the functions available to tell the story. A good strategy would be to move Micky and Minnie closer to the center of the animation with each frame. Once they meet, users should sketch a heart in the final frame. Users must utilize strategies in adaptive thinking to condense an idea or scene into a short 3 to 5 second animation. They must also balance the use of the stamp function of archived Disney characters, with their own artwork to create a truly original animation.
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