Simplicity captures our attention.
Consider the terror built by John Williams’ use of just two intimidating notes in the Jaws soundtrack, and the disconcerting tension created by the amelodic cello noise in Hans Zimmer’s Joker theme from The Dark Knight. Consider how our appreciation of the beauty of everyday objects is heightened by Pop artists’ use of a limited colour palette and simplified shapes. Despite being apparently simple, these creations communicate a great deal.
Constraint can focus and promote creativity.
We have a plethora of powerful tools at our finger tips. We can do so much. But what if, like John Williams, Hans Zimmer and the Pop artists, we focussed on one tool, and used that constraint to foster creativity? What would that mean for visual storytelling?
Keynote Theatre is an exploration of creativity through simplicity and constraint.
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The teacher and teacher educator in me asks: what could students learn from making their own Keynote Theatre animations?
As I see it, producing a Keynote Theatre animation based on story (be it from books or films) would be an interesting way for students to interpret texts and to represent themes. It would involve analysis, experimentation, problem-solving and creativity as well as application of visual and media arts principles.
It might also be a way to engage reluctant readers.
Keynote Theatre animations are, in my view, ideal #EveryoneCanCreate projects. They authentically integrate multiple learning areas. For instance, here’s how they map to the F-10 Australian Curriculum.
|Learning Area||Element||Links to Australian Curriciulum by Year Level|
|English||Identifying key elements and themes in scenes from written and media ‘texts’; responding to and creating literature.||F - ACAVAM127, ACELT1578, ACELT1580; 1 - ACELT1586; 2 - ACELT1590|
3 - ACELT1601; 4 - ACELT1794
5 - ACELT1794; 6 - ACELT1618
7 - ACELT1621; 8 - ACELT1629
9 - ACELT1773, ACELT1638; 10 - ACELT1641, ACELT1814, ACELT1815, ACELT1644
|Visual Arts||Representing ideas using the elements of design and perspective; representing in new ways.||F-2 - ACAVAM106, ACAVAM108|
2-4 - ACAVAM111, ACAVAM112
5-6 - ACAVAM115
7-8 - ACAVAM119, ACAVAM121
9-10 - ACAVAM125, ACAVAM126, ACAVAM127
|Media Arts||Communicating stories through animation and sound.||F-2 - ACAMAM055, ACAMAM056|
3-4 - ACAMAM059
5-6 - ACAMAM064
7-8 - ACAMAM066, ACAMAM068, ACAMAM069, ACAMAR071
9-10 - ACAMAM073, ACAMAM075, ACAMAM076, ACAMAR078
|Digital Technologies||Understanding software and hardware.||F-2 - ACTDIK001, ACTDIP006|
2-4 - ACTDIK007, ACTDIK008, ACTDIP009, ACTDIP013
5-6 - ACTDIP022
7-8 - ACTDIP032
9-10 - ACTDIP044
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Keynote Theatre by Chris Blundell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. Based on a work at http://www.plutonicdesign.com/keynote_theatre.html.