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Highlights from Our Animation Festival

Here’s a re-post of the clips from our Animation Festival in New York last night. As per many of you requested, her’s the 16 world premieres and standing room only fest in NY! We could have run the city for days on their energy. You had to be there, but this is the next best thing. I am very proud. Another 200 kids are now film makers, stars, and distributors!

Fun with Wordle

If you haven’t used wordle to play with text in a non linear kind of way, check out my doodle this morning. It can be addicitve.

Give it a try. Take your favorites saying or quote and play with it ad infinitum .

The Seven Dollar Laptop


Seven Billion Channels seem too distant? Check out this.

Cooking up Content

Most kids have an interest in the internet. They seem to have far more knowledge of the internet and technology than their parents in many families. While most kids are using the internet to meet friends, do school work and play games, some are taking it to another level. These kids aren’t passive consumers, but innovative and active users of online media.

Kids are creating some amazing content on the internet. They are participating in the media rather than merely watching. The experience and knowledge they are gaining will make them more globally competitive later. They are gaining important literacy skills and experience in the newest form of information delivery, internet technology.

Kids aren’t just creating unique content for fun. They are making money at it. Some kids are funding their college education through money earned with their online content. These kids are gaining a valuable education in the business world while bringing in money to fund school, buy a car or save for their futures.

Check out www.spatulatta.com for a prime example. And note how their parents get into the act. This is a family effort all the way.

Is your child the next Oprah?

As you already know, your child has an opinion on the world around them and a thirst for knowledge that makes their world exciting and one worth exploring. Children also have a story to tell about their lives and the world around them. In fact they are all reporters in the making with the abilities to shares their views with the world by streaming their stories online in kid-generated informative audio. Their lives are important and so are the stories they need to express, by allowing them to hone this talent, you can foster their investigative abilities, allowing them to opportunity to develop well-rounded and informed ideas that they can communicate with kids their own age and the entire world through the use of kid-generated audio streaming websites.

With the myriad of subject that interest our children there will be no lack of material for them to explore, understand and relay to others in an informative and entertaining manner. Considering the statistics, children are fast becoming major Internet citizens; it therefore goes without saying that they have a world of information and a wide audience to appreciate their knowledge and ideas. Audio recording devices are cheap to buy and easy to use, giving your child the easy opportunity to develop their audio and reporting skills without hitting your pocketbook and giving you hundreds of pages of instructions to decipher.

A story can be as near as the kitchen and as relevant as any of today’s top news stories. Your child’s imagination is the only limit and we all know that a child’s imagination is boundless. They can either report on real life events of ideas important to them or create fun fictional plays that will entertainment the Internet through kid-generated streaming audio. There are many outlets for these endeavors beside the usual sites such as YouTube, Yahoo and Google. You’re child now has at their fingertips more accessible technology geared for their use, allowing them to create original web content and web design. There are also other avenues of online expression available to your child that are easy to access and provide support for their burgeoning investigative and creative talents.

For instance, there is an online organization called Radio Diaries. They offer a site section that is dedicated to the stories that your child has to offer. By allowing you child to collect audio, usually through the course of a year, they give your kid reporter the opportunity to monitor and record their daily life, and archive the issues that they encounter and the life experience that causes them to grow. Not only does this have a positive analytical effect for their mind, but it also allows them to express all that is important to them and gives them a venue to share that expression with kids there own age and the world in general, in a safe, informative and entertaining manner.

This site is only of many that help your child develop the skills that turn them from passive viewers of internet content to creators and developers of a positive and active world, allowing them to be socially aware and culturally active citizens of the world.

The Animation Chefs walk the red carpet!

Tribeca Red Carpet Walk

Events which transpired fast and unexectedly have led our family to walk the Red Carpet tonight at the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival. The founders of the film festival commissioned our boys to do Eco-friendly animations based on the popular children’s book Owen and Mzee: The Language of Friendship. We knew they wanted to use them for some “green” focused events, but we had no idea they would be featured on opening night, and that all my boys would be invited to walk the red carpet.

We have also been invited to host a tent, based on what we’ve accomplished with Owen and Mzee and animation. It will be on family day.
We’ll be doing live animation demonstrations and we’re creating new Hipposodes for the owen and mzee website. Should be fun!

Will post more on that later. To see some animations of Owen and Mzee, go to: www.owenandmzee.com and click on media center.

Tribeca Film Fest starts tonight. Click here for more info.