David Gran
Art Educator

The Rotoball Project

Project Published 8/20/10 Last updated on 2/28/20
The Rotoball Project is an international collaborative animation project in which each participating student animates themselves catching a ball, interacting with it as it transforms into something else, and passing it on to the next person. The final animations are then all linked together to form on ongoing final project.

The Rotoball Project is in its fourth year as an international collaboration. We welcome submissions from all levels and all forms of animation. Please see our <a href="">home page</a> to see the rules, participating schools, and previous years' projects.

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    Edit media in its native format and create productions for film, TV, and web.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Animate

    Design interactive vector animations for multiple platforms.

  • Adobe Premiere Elements

    Organize, edit, create, and share your videos.

Custom Standards

Standard 1: Creating, Performing and Participating in the Arts

Students will actively engage in the processes that constitute creation and performance in the arts

(dance, music, theatre, and visual arts) and participate in various roles in the arts.

Standard 2: Knowing and Using Arts Materials and Resources

Students will be knowledgeable about and make use of the materials and resources available for

participation in the arts in various roles.

Standard 4: Understanding the Cultural Dimensions and Contributions of the Arts

Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic

communication and how the arts in turn shape the diverse cultures of past and present society.

ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Knowledge Constructor

Any form of animation is acceptable, although most submissions are rotoscopes.  In order to create a rotoscoped animation, the following is needed:

Video camera, editing software, animation program (Flash), a ball.

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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/20/19 7:48:26 PM Permalink

​Great Project

Lori Stammer

Posted on 9/25/14 11:06:07 AM Permalink

Doing this for 2014-2015 year?

David Gran

Posted on 2/20/13 6:23:05 AM Permalink

The new deadline is May 1! Its been a busy year so this will be a late one!

Judy Durkin

Posted on 8/20/12 7:46:27 AM Permalink

Hello David.

Hey, are you going to do it this year? 2012-13? I am now teaching in Taiwan - I want to do it with my students.

Let me know. You are in Hong Kong? Let's collaborate!!

Kristie MacLaughlin

Posted on 8/3/12 9:54:31 PM Permalink

Count me in; I love anything that gets my kids collaborating with anyone outside the classroom!

Mike Skocko

Posted on 7/20/12 10:08:10 PM Permalink

Matt, I love that video and have already slipped it into my bag of stolen curricular ideas.

Can't wait to pitch it to the kids! :)

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 7/20/12 9:38:10 PM Permalink

David Gran

Posted on 1/26/11 3:03:58 PM Permalink

Thanks Colin! Sorry, didn't see your comment before- it was great to have your class participate, hope you'll consider joining us again some time. Nice to see you here!

Colin Maxwell

Posted on 11/8/10 7:04:07 PM Permalink

Brilliant - my class took part in rotoball a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it. It was great to see all the work from the other schools from around the world.

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 8/23/10 3:52:08 PM Permalink

This was a great project to get students involved in. Kuddos to David for providing such a cool collab.

David Gran

Posted on 8/21/10 3:17:45 AM Permalink

Thanks Matt and Mike- its been really fascinating to see how different students, different schools, and different communities respond to the challenge. I'd love to get more members of the AEE community involved- anyone who is interested, please feel free to contact me for more information!

Mike Skocko

Posted on 8/20/10 4:42:09 PM Permalink

You're right, Matt, it's a terrific idea. My kids will be trying their hand at Rotoball 2011. Can't wait to join in the creative, collaborative fun!

Matt Niemitz

Posted on 8/20/10 4:33:01 PM Permalink

This is a really neat way to collaborate with a number of other schools. I see that you're working with a number of other members of the Adobe Education Exchange.

I encourage other members to check out this project and if you're interested, join in on the fun.

Thanks for sharing David!