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Group Spoken Word Animation/Motion Graphic Project

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 by Peter French
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English Humanities Arts Education
Age Levels
13-14, 15-16, 17-18, Post-Secondary
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  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Photoshop
  • Animate CC
  • Photoshop Elements
  • Illustrator
  • Adobe Premiere Elements


Class / large group projects can be very difficult. I suggest you do exactly what Shane Koyczan, the creator of this powerful anti-bullying piece did. He wrote a long spoken word piece speaking out against the damaging effects of bullying, and then handed that over to many. many different animators. Each animator took on one segment of the piece, and created the visuals in their own style and media. It is at once both eclectic and diverse. And, it is so powerful, so strong. A class could take this on - write and record the spoken word piece and then animate segments, in groups or as individuals, and then assemble the whole piece at the end. Voila! A successful whole class project. I have indicated a few subject areas that are obvious - others could use this idea as well.

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Communication and Collaboration, Creativity and Innovation, Technology Operations and Concepts, Critical Thinking Problem Solving and Decision Making
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Computers with animation type software, possibly art materials and scanners/cameras to capture images, and time. Lots and lots of time, because these kinds of projects are very time consuming - but wonderful!

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All Comments (7)

jim hamant

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 - Permalink


jim hamant

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 - Permalink

Mark Geary

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 - Permalink

Awesome and touching and powerful - Thanks for sharing this, Peter!

Rita Jordan

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 - Permalink

So moving... I am amazed at the emotions it evoked. Well done and fine examples of different illustration and animation techniques!

Lorraine Dobson

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 - Permalink


Lisa Hertzi

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 - Permalink

WOW! beautiful...

Mike Skocko

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 - Permalink

I cried.

Profoundly beautiful and relevant. Every one of my students will see this. Thank you, Peter.