May 8, 2011

Minutes to Make a Movie

I came across this website earlier this year, Xtranormal, and found it to be an incredibly fun way to express one's creativity. The purpose of this site is to allow you to make animated shorts quickly and easily, and with no programming experience. All you have to do is type out some dialogue, and the computer-animated actors perform your dialogue/monologue for you. The website is free to use and free to generate high-quality animated short films.

Naturally, I had to give this a try.

In a little under an hour, I was able to make a decent little short film. Taking some poetry I had written for one of my daily Moments, I inputed all the text, added a few camera changes and gestures (the site explains how to do this, and is as easy as placing a camera icon within your text), and voila, I had a cute little animated spoken-word short:

This Moment took very little time to accomplish, and I had felt quite tickled at having a computer-generated reader for my poetry. Sure, it was nice to feed my ego, but the best part is when you are finished with your project, it will be saved on the website for all the world to see. Remember, letting go of your Moment and allowing the world to enjoy it is an important part of the daily Moment art routine.

So, for this week, I invite you to compose some poetry, prose, any sort of word-based art, and use this free website to bring your Moment to life in a vividly digital manner. Have fun with it. And please, if you create one, no matter how happy you are with it, post the link in our daily Moment art forum; we would all love to see them!

Here are a couple more I created, just for fun:


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