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!”
From September 2017 Sparky Ink Studio will be launching some new sessions aimed at young people aged 15+ who would like to learn, develop and share new digital and creative skills, as well as socialise. The Studio uses Industry Standard Software. The workshop is Autism Friendly and disabled friendly. Places are limited. Pre-Registration is required.
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.
If you are interested in learning some basics of Game Design & Development please contact us either via the website or our facebook or Twitterpage. 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.
As a Studio we regularly nip out and about to do taster sessions of the workshops that we offer. Its a great chance to meet likeminded people at events and interact with local social groups. At the beginning of the year we were invited to Chesterfield Autism Acceptance Group who meet at Monkey Park CIC in Chesterfield.
We had a really fun evening even though our technology was playing up everyone got together and made a Human Animation. Some of the younger members were really intereted in the Stop-motion Animation and created a ‘Mario’ type Animation.
The Sparky Ink Team had a fab night and this is a good chance to say a Big Thanks for having us!
As part of Autism Awareness Week we have produced the footage of that night and messed around a bit with it. It was great Crazy fun!!! Check out the Video on our Youtube Channel ‘Sparky Ink’ Give us a like and subscribe if you can and check out our other vids. If you’d like to donate for Autism Awareness Week please check out out JustGiving Page at http://www.justgiving.com/sparkyink
Find our latest vid at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2ufT7vmqZQ Thank you for viewing.
As the Doomsday clock hits 3 minutes to midnight ‘Banana-Scoffer’ a small fat orange Alien with an extremely long sticky tongue lands on a table in Chesterfield, England. His mission is to find and eat as many Banana’s as possible before they become extinct. As Banana-Scoffer sits exercising his incredibly long tongue and twirling his eyes he notices a ‘random legoman’ enticing a ‘Lego ATAT’ with the world’s last Banana…he has to have it…no matter what…he reaches out for it…
Check out our new youtube video (Sparky Ink) to see how the story ends…
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It’s been a crazy few weeks at the Studio getting things ready for Autism Awareness Week which is finally here! Each day this week; to help raise awareness of Autism, we will be uploading a video to our Youtube Channel Sparky Ink.
When you hit our channel any money raised this week will be donated to the National Autistic Society so Please! Please!! Please!!! Subscribe and view as much as you can. Our content ranges from Stop-motion Animation to creative film-making and human animation. Each video presented has a direct connection in some way to Autism.
Two of the future releases Inky & Sparky and Banana Wars
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Phew! Been a dashing around and getting well after a lengthy period of illness for the ‘Sparky Inkers’. Not only were we all taken down with a horrible flu but we also had umpteen hardware failures on our studio laptop (which has been sent off for repair) the laptop was purchased when we opened the studio in August 2016 and we got it specifically for our editing and special effects suite. It went bang a few weeks ago and we’ve been left with my old little Samsung plug in baby which is now in its 7th year. Unfortunately whilst its great for running old adobe programs and Unity 5 it can’t run much else. Therefore came the decision to raid the bank account and now we are awaiting delivery of a new gaming PC and i-pad in the next few days to help alleviate all these issues. It’s left the bank account in the red but if we want to work then this is what we’ve had to do.
Despite all of this we remain very optimistic in our ‘starting from nothing’ year zero and with the new equipment on order we are encouraged that we will finally be able to get on with work again. To celebrate we got a new white board and pens so we can now see all our game planning at a glance. We’re steaming a head, now after what seems like the worse few months ever which we know is probably a big exaggeration we are hopefully back on track.
Thanks to everyone who has offered words of support, sympathy and encouragement during our first 7 months of life…we so appreciate it and you know who you are.
Team Yellow Banana completed test filming today for an upcoming stop-motion animation. Completed without any story-boarding and just using items knocking around the studio, the test animation became more of a brainstorming session played out on the table top with a camera as a witness.
This funky little test shoot will be made into a short stop-motion animation with special FX to turn up the heat a little.
The stars of the show are a miniature Star Wars ATAT, his loyal pilot and a clay-made creature from Planet X (the legendary ‘not sure if it exists’ Planet that is doomed to hit Planet Earth). With the situation showing the Doomsday Clock as at 3 minutes to midnight; lust for fresh fruit – mainly Banana’s is rife.
Watch this space for the progress and announcement of the finished animation.