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Creating animations for the CoderDojo Coolest Project Awards


Coder Dojo Awards Logo - GLUE VFX

Over the last week, we created a series of animations for the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards – which was held in Dublin’s RDS and proved to be a resounding success.

Started in 2011 and now in its fourth year, the Coolest Projects Awards are a showcase of the CoderDojo movement which offers community-based, classes aimed at children aged between 7 and 17.

In these classes, children can learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore the possibilities of technology in an informal and creative environment.

Glue Visual Effects - Coolest Project Awards Show Floor
Coolest Project Awards Show Floor

There were 12 winners in 12 categories, ranging from younger students using Scratch coding, to teenagers producing hardware, computer games and web-based projects.

Some of the projects on display and their applications really left us in awe at the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the children involved.

As well as creating animations for the awards, GLUE’s own Ray Mongey was also called on to be a judge at the event.

 

GLUE Visual Effect Ninja Animation for the CoderDojo Coolest Project Awards
Creating the CoderDojo Ninjas
GLUE VFX - CoderDojo Coolest Project Awards
Everyone at GLUE working hard to get ready for the show.

We were tasked with creating various animated cutscenes using CoderDojo’s Ninja graphics, these were to be displayed at the event on four 16ft x 9ft screens!

 

GLUE CoderDojo Ninja Wireframe
GLUE CoderDojo Ninja Wireframe

This involved modelling the ninjas (and a dojo for them to practice their skills in!), unwrapping/texturing, rigging, skinning, animating and compositing the boy and girl ninjas, as well as including some nice animated cloth dynamics to the CoderDojo flag.

 

GLUE Visual Effect Ninja Animation for the CoderDojo Coolest Project Awards
Animating the CoderDojo Ninja’s flipping

This project had a short turnaround, but it was no problem to our animation team, who helped in streamlining our production pipeline, whilst working tirelessly to achieve the final results!

 

GLUE Visual Effect Flag Animation for the CoderDojo Coolest Project Awards
Simulating the Flag for the Coolest Project Awards
GLUE Visual Effect Jumping Animation for the CoderDojo Coolest Project Awards
A quick look at the jumping animation

 

GLUE Visual Effects Spring Animation for the CoderDojo Coolest Project Awards
Animating the Ninjas

 

We’re really pleased to see that both CoderDojo and the kids loved our animations.

Our team had a brilliant time at the event viewing and discussing the projects with some of the smartest young minds in the country. It truly is amazing to see what they’re creating at such a young age. We’d like to congratulate CoderDojo for putting on such a great show.

GLUE Visual Effects - Coder Dojo Coolest Project Awards
The CoderDojo Ninjas working on their projects.
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