Tesalino and Tesalina — an animated student film created using Creaza and Fronter

  • Communication
  • Motivation
  • Primary
  • Literacy
  • Social science
  • Content
  • Involvement

By Ulrike Gemein

The 22 students in class 4a, ages 9-10, of the Garden Street School in Hennef entered a nationwide contest sponsored by the educational foundation, Stiftung Lesen, in which they were asked to collaborate on an original work of fiction and present it in an entertaining and visually compelling manner. To standardize submissions, each competing class began with the same story premise: Tesalina and Tesalino plan to celebrate Europafest with their friends but discover that the main sightseeing attractions in Europe have mysteriously disappeared.

The students decided to present their work as a short animated feature, using Creaza and Fronter.

You can find the cartoon with english subtitles on Youtube.

The students began the project by bouncing around ideas for the storyline. Once the students reached basic agreement on characters and plot, they broke into several smaller groups - each tasked with scripting a particular scene.

The groups then sketched out storyboards for their respective scenes, complete with dialog and voice assignments. They also painted backgrounds for each scene. These documents were uploaded as files to Fronter where they could be accessed and modified at any time.


                                                                    sample background

The students also searched the Internet for sounds that would be suitable as background noise or as part of the action. To avoid copyright infringement, we steered the students to the website www.hoerspielbox.de, a database of free, openly licensed sounds. The students uploaded their results to Fronter.

The students research and select appropriate sounds.

The script featured human characters - characters who spoke and moved. The students painted each character's head and torso in profile, then painted multiple leg and arm positions that could be attached in sequence to the torso to create the impression of movement. These images were scanned and uploaded to Fronter.

The students painted leg movements and the head and torso of the characters.



Arrangement was made to allow the students access to Fronter from home, so that they could collaborate with others and work on the film at their leisure. Although  after-school participation was entirely voluntary, interest was substantial, and the students spent many hours online at home conferring with their classmates and contributing to the project. The students who were chosen to perform voiceovers took turns reciting their lines into a recording device. The recordings were then uploaded to Fronter.

Once each group assembled and uploaded its various scene components, it imported the components into Creaza. Using Creaza Movie Editor, the groups combined background paintings with background noise, animated their characters, and layered in dialog. Each group's scene was then sequenced together to create the finished product.

We devoted approximately 4 weeks of art class, social studies and German class to the project.

Here is the original version

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Enjoying seeing students getting more cooperative and creative by using Fronter.


GGS Gartenstrasse, Hennef

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