NEW! “MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU” Fan-Based Star Wars animation by Student Lewis

A few weeks ago, Sparky Ink Studio Student; Lewis began creating a Fun and Amazing Fan-based Star Wars Stop-motion animation.  The animation was created using Lego MiniFigs (found under the bed) and the snowmen were created in super brill detail by support Holly.  The Story evolved into a small adventure where Luke Skywalker and his team of Snowmen (some Zombie) capture The Dark Lord Darth Vader – Luke’s dad.  The snowmen mean business.

Lewis worked with Studio Digital Editor Josh to create some create terrific Visual Special effects to show Darth Vader’s demise and create some wintry scenes.  Lewis turned Luke Skywalker into a bit of a rapper with the famous line “You are NOT my father!”  

This is Lewis’ first animation with the Studio so we hope you enjoy it.  Check it out here “STAR WARS – DAWN OF THE ZOMBIE SNOWMEN”  Please like and Subscribe on our youtube channel.  Thank you for your support.

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

Some images from the film…

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Luke with his trusty Snowmen

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Red Nose Attacks by Team Yellow Banana

 

Back in March 2017 Team Yellow Banana created a little video for Red Nose DAy.  It wasn’t aired at the time in respect to the victims of the terrorist attack in London.  The Team felt now was a good time.  We hope you enjoy this claymation v’s rubber stop-motion animation.

As always we appreciate a like & Subscribe on Youtube.  Checkout our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk

Thanks for watching.

Bad Dog? Mini Claymation by David Lewis

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Earlier in the spring of 2017, Sparky Ink Studio was invited over to Derbyshire Autism Services Group Youth Club in Chesterfield to present a Crazy Taster session.  We had a fab time.

One of the young people there David Lewis made this little claymation and used the base colour white clay to great effect.  The assets for this mini Claymation were created on the evening and filmed straight after.  David had some animation experience before hand.  He was brilliant at working with the clay figures and filming to create a very smooth animation in such a small length of time.  Well done to David!bad dog

Bad Dog? This story is about a man who takes his dog for a walk.  The dog sees something and pulls away from the man pulling the man over when the lead snaps.  See what happens next…  The question is…Is this a Bad Dog?  Enjoy.  Please like and subscribe on our YouTube Channel.  Thank you for watching.

 

Girls & Video Gaming…What’s all that about? 12.09.17 National Video Gaming Day!

Today is National Video Gaming Day. Yay!!!  Which is Brill that our Industry of both the Gamer and the Producer is being recognised.  In true Gamer Style I too will be spending some time knocking out a few rounds online or with some of the guys at the studio.

As I was thinking about all this Video Gaming malarkey and what it means to me as a Female Gamer, it seemed appropriate to choose today to share a little bit about my own Gaming experience.

It was few years back now (really…I prefer not to say the exact year) but the big fat brown Atari console had been on the scene a short time and this was my first encounter  with Video Gaming…it wasn’t even my own console but belonged to the brother of a friend and we stole goes on it when he was out.  I remember being memorised and intrigued by the game  PONG and wondering how did it all work?  I was still coming to terms with how the Telly worked so this just blew my mind!  It was amazing!  old tellyLater, I got into the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 (again neither of these were my consoles but belonged to my brother and a boyfriend).  It’s this bit that I find really interesting about how Girl Gamers…(Erm…we didn’t even have that name in those days) were viewed.  As Females in general, in those days…yeah the good old days…the view tended to be ‘small feet gets you closer to the kitchen sink’.  As a ‘tomboy’ all my mates were generally male and I noticed growing up that they didn’t have to do the same chores as I did…Cleaning the house, Ironing, cooking, washing the pots…to name a few.  Their tasks tended to be cool things like…building a tree house, making a tyre swing, fixing the car or getting their dreams and prayers answered with a spanking new games console for Christmas.

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It’s not that I minded doing the chores, it was accepted in society that that is what you did, it’s just there was a direct distinction between Male and Female Species and generally the Male ones seemed to have the fun while the Female one’s had to do loads of stuff.

I know it’s similar in the wild…the Lioness does the hunting and endangers her life while the Lion just hangs around with all the spare Lionesses and does nothing except hump and roar when the call comes for it.  This picture below details this exactly.  If these lions had games controllers in their hands then you’d know exactly where I was coming from. male lions copy

Pack of Male Lions. (photo courtesy of Google National Geographic Magazine 2012)

As it was the only keyboard I had was a ‘Bontempi’  with 24 keys embedded into beige plastic and I could play silent night on it.  It wasn’t a games console it didn’t even have a demo button on it.  I remember having to persuade my parents to buy my younger brother a games console/computer – the legendary ‘Commodore 64Plus4‘ Purchased from Dad’s savings from Woolworths, it was all I could do to be sure I could just get my hands on one.  If I asked maybe, just maybe Dad would have said yes…but it was 1980’s England and that just didn’t happen.

It hopelessly just seemed the normal thing that Males could have the consoles and Girls couldn’t.  sad face

My addiction and love of Video Gaming was soothed by the gentle sound of Data Cassette’s being filed through on wet Saturday afternoons in ‘Just Micro’ in Sheffield, whilst trying to persuade my brother or boyfriend to buy the games I wanted to play.  On some solitary afternoons of my youth I’d ‘wagg it’ from school and could be found in the Arcade on the Space Invaders Arcade Machine.

My first real experience of Home Console Video Gaming came with a husband and Children in tow and was the best thing since sliced bread and Microsoft’s answer to unicorn dreams…the Original XBOX.  Ginormous in size and with health and safety instructions in the booklet, that stated ‘don’t drop on a small child’…it was utterly amazing!

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My first online multiplayer experience was in HALO 2.  Master Chief…created a hero in me and this was one of the best escapism’s ever.  A Sci-Fi story where you became the macho Hero and it was you who would save everyone and everything.

halo 2.jpgThere was only a few hardcore Girl-gamers online at that time and Microsoft had not yet brought out the Female version of Master Chief – although his dependable companion Cortana was pretty cool.  I had two female friends online at the time and 98 male friends on my friends list.  My late friend Gary always said;

 ‘Having a female in the online gaming room made a difference…it made the team pull together better, made the males chivalrous and toned down the language and trash talking.” 

Things have got better for girl-gamers and the industry is recognising us and promoting us positively.  It’s great that the Industry is seeing value in the Female Gamer both in employment and directing sales.  Yet I still feel we have some way to go.  Online gaming is still a very much male dominated environment.  I know this because every game I play online has at least 8 out of 10 players that are male.  It could be the type of games I play maybe, yet I still see a lack of Female representatives within games; but happily we are getting there.

All I know is I love Video Gaming.  It ticks boxes of immersion and provokes dramatic creative thinking in me; the same experience I can get from a book, film or stage play.  Great games give a productive sense of achievement, entertainment, can help develop social interaction particularly for those who struggle to leave the house through anxiety or disability and can help develop skills and interest from the environment that the Gamer experiences.

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Crazy Taster Trailer…

Check out our Autumn Trailer on YOUTUBE from our Spring 2017 Crazy Taster Sessions.

DASG Youth Group took part in a Crazy Taster session earlier in the year. Here are some clips of the work they managed to do in such a short space of time. The full versions of these mini films will be on here in the next few weeks…

Many THANKS to all the guys at Derbyshire Autism Services Youth Group in Chesterfield. You were all amazing budding actors and Animators!

Please like and Subscribe to our YOUTUBE channel; where any money raised goes to one of the good causes that we support.  For more details of what Sparky Ink Studio does check out our Social Feed on Facebook and Twitter or at www.sparkyink.co.uk

Filmed entirely on i-pad and edited in i-movie.  Trailer format and music courtesy of I-movie template.

Our 4th ‘8-bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Night’

This Saturday sees our 4th ‘8-bit Evolved’ Autism Friendly Gaming Night.  Rumour has it that there will be drums, guitars and a microphone as ‘8-bit Evolved’ creates its own tour with ‘RockBand’ and ‘Guitar Hero’.  

There will also be more fun on 4 player retro games and some newer titles on the Nintendo Switch.

Interested?  If you would like to be involved please register using our contact page on our website or email us at ginger@sparkyink.co.uk

 

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The 3rd Autism Friendly Gaming Nite

Last Saturday Sparky Ink Studio proudly hosted the 3rd 8-Bit Evolved Autism Friendly Gaming Nite.  We had an amazing nite playing retro/not-really-retro Nintendo Switch Bomberman and Mario Karts.

We’re still looking for more people to join the event so if you live in the Chessy area or would like to hook up virtually drop us a line.

We will be posting our footage from the night during the next week or so.  Keep Tuned and thanks for watching and reading our stuff it means a lot to us.

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Our 4th Autism Friendly 8-Bit Evolved Gaming Nite will take place on Saturday 22nd July 2017.

 

Our 4th autism friendly gaming nite in association with Sparky Ink Studio.
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Stop-motion Animation ‘The Present – The Anguish of the Unexpected’.

A while ago one of our students told us about a time when he struggled to open presents given to him because of the unexpected that lay beneath the wrappings. He explained how it caused him such a lot of anguish and anxiety that he would just hide the gift in the wardrobe or under the bed.  He would keep checking it was there over a period of time but it would still take an enormous amount of courage to open the gift.  

This little stop motion animation created in Lego is about that experience.   The little lego-man in the film is worried about whatever is in the package and how will this change something?  How will he deal with the Anguish of the unexpected.

Originally this was going to be posted during Autism Awareness Week but wasn’t quite finished in time.  We hope you enjoy it.  Check it out on our youtube Channel or through our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk

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Inking & Thinking in Games Design – Sparky PONG 2017

Sparky Ink is helping our inkers & thinkers create stories in digital format through Games Design & Development.  As part of our introduction to our  Games Design and Development Workshops, we teach students how to create a version of Atari’s first ever digital game of ‘PONG’.  Creating this game sparks lots of skills, tormented looks, shouts of joy or terror depending on what goes right and wrong.  Our inkers & thinkers start to think more about the End user, play-ability and what makes a game worthwhile.  As well as gaining some skills of understanding the engine, appearance and sounds. We usually make this game using the Game Maker 2 Engine by yoyo Games Ltd.  

I’ve put a quick games capture of a simple version which can be found on our website at www.sparkyink.co.uk  (When I recorded it there was a slight lag on the sound)  This gives an idea of a first game to build.  

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If you are interested in learning some basics of Game Design & Development please contact us either via the website or our facebook or Twitter page.  All our workshops are Autism and Disability Friendly.

We are looking to run a virtual Webinar Games Design & Development Workshop in the near future.  Contact us for more info.

 

 

FREE! TASTER SESSIONS AT SPARKY INK STUDIO

We have set up an event page with EVENTBRITE for our taster sessions.  Checkout the page at www.eventbrite.co.uk

If you live in the Chesterfield and surrounding area and would like to try one of our Stop-motion Animation Taster Sessions.  

Please contact the Studio either through our webpage at wwwsparkyink.co.uk or email us at ginger@sparkyink.co.uk.  

Please note if you book a ticket you still need to contact us prior to the event.

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