Smoovie App goes down a storm

P7 pupils were introduced to a new type of animation last week.

Baldmedie School got to grips with the new Ipad App, Smoovie, which allowed them to create their own movies.

School pupils trying out the Smoovie app at Balmedie School

School pupils trying out the Smoovie app at Balmedie School

The stop motion animation it uses allows users to tell stories creatively in a simple way, as well as supporting the Curriculum for Excellence at the same time.

Working in groups, the children planned their stop animation before the Smoovie App was taken into the school.

Like a cartoon strip, the children used storyboards and narratives planning their stories.

Scenes were then shot and put together to form a movie on the new App.

P7 Pupils: Sophie McKay, Shaleigh Ellis and Molly Shewan

P7 Pupils: Sophie McKay, Shaleigh Ellis and Molly Shewan

Credit for the App goes to local developers, Gavin MacLean and Gordon Murrison of Open Planet Software, based at Inverurie.

The idea for the concept came when Gavin used to steal one of his daughter’s toys when she was younger and make movies with it.

After designing the software and talking to Gordon, they decided to make the App.

RGU lecturer Tim Connor supplied 20 Ipads for the event, while Gavin and Gordon, were on hand demonstrating how the App worked and answered any questions.

The school are planning a showcase somewhere near Christmas, where all the movies will be shown.

Gavin’s wife, Karen, who also works for Open Planet Software, said that the software is about more than the stop animation.

She said: “It’s about the education field as well - children can interpret any part of a subject resulting in a deeper knowledge of it.”

The pupils had a thoroughly enjoyable day and said that they found the App very fun and easy to use.