Thursday, September 11, 2008

Rotoball Returns!

Rotoball (left) is an International Collaborative Animation Project run by Shanghai art teacher David Gran (right).

Last year was the debut of the international rotoball project: an international collaborative animation project. The final video was created by more than 80 students from 11 schools in 4 countries around the world. This year there are already 14 schools from five countries, including The United States, Great Britain, China, Cambodia, and The Dominican Republic .

For a comprehensive explanation of the project and more, visit the Rotoball website -

Rotoball is a black ball that transforms into something different for each person who comes into contact with it. The goal of the project is to keep the ball going as long as possible. It is a collaborative rotoscoped animation project for high school students in which each student creates a 15 second segment of a much longer animation. Its a unique opportunity to connect with other students who are geographically distant.

Watch Rotoball 2008 (
from The Carrot Revolution (
on Vimeo (

The Rules Each animation must be exactly 15 seconds long. The animation can be as creative as you’d like, but MUST contain the following:
1. You catching the ball from the left hand of the screen.
2. The ball transforming in some way.
3. You interact with the transformed object.
4. The ball returning to normal.
5. The ball leaving the right hand part of the screen.

Project Dates
Beginning! Start rolling! Ending Friday, March 21st, 2009
All projects must be uploaded, or sent in to David Gran or Heather by this date.

Premiering Friday, April 17th 2009 @ the Shanghai Student Film Festival and on Vimeo!

Questions? Please visit the Rotoball website - or by clicking on the heading above.

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