Sunderland, VT — Tool Factory announced the launch of the High Seas Animation Contest at the NSBA Annual Conference in Boston to celebrate the release of The Pirates: Band of Misfits, which hits US theatres on April 27. Beginning April 27th, students can download a free 30-day use of Stop Motion Pro software to film their own pirate-themed animations for a chance to win the grand prize, a trip for two to a North American Animation Festival, the same software used to film The Pirates: Stop Motion Pro Studio HD, a Microsoft HD webcam, professional armature, clay, animation book, and more. Plus, the Judge’s Choice Grand Prize winner will also receive a network site license of Stop Motion Pro Studio HD Edu. to outfit their whole school (a $1,850 value). www.toolfactory.com/contests
Open to U.S. and Canadian students ages 7 to 18, the contest begins April 27, 2012, and submissions will be accepted through midnight EST on May 27, 2012. Students have 30 days from the contest’s start to utilize the free version of the software to create two minute or less pirate-themed animations, and finished videos will be uploaded to the contest page on SchoolTube for peer judging and viewing. Two People’s Choice winners will take home exciting animation kits containing everything they need to keep animating, and one lucky student will take home the Grand Prize Judge’s Choice Award.
“Stop motion animation is a great vehicle for cross-curricular project based learning, and we’re excited to be working with Stop Motion Pro, SchoolTube, and our other sponsors to introduce students and educators to this versatile teaching tool,” said Kendra Ericson, Tool Factory’s Director of Educational Services.