A discussion on children’s emotional world, prompted by “Stories of Planet Sentia”

vktoons, apart from The Treasure at the roots of the Tree of Earth is also preparing already its’ continuous presence and there someone would find high ranked the pre-school animated series titled Stories of Planet Sentia. It is a series about children’s emotions, of accepting them and cope with them.

vktoons will collaborate with scientists – pedagogues with experience and knowledge on the subject. So, we asked from our collaborators, Aleka Koumeli and  Victoria Tsoukala to answer some questions regarding the scientific and educational part of the series.

QUESTION; Taking in mind your educational experience, what are your conclusions about the emotional world of the children and if they express it?

Aleka Koumeli; Pre-school kids feel, experience all of the emotions., probably more intense than we adults do. Some times they find it difficult to understand what they feel, the cause of the feeling and even more – of course – to handle these feelings, especially those who have a negative sign.

In that age, the way they express themselves is more related to the environment they come from – the family – since parents are the first emotional models (emotional patterns) and mainly via imitation kids reproduce behaviors which they “learn” within the family.

Victoria Tsoukala; Children, as any person, have a rich emotional world. Usually, they don’t express their feelings verbally, but through behavior and action.

I.e., when they feel happy, they laugh loudly, they clap their hands. When they feel gratitude, they give tender hugs or a little hand-made present. When they feel disappointment, they are gloomy or they are turning upon their selves.

QUESTION; Which paragons do you think/realize that prevent a kid to accept and express feelings?

Aleka Koumeli; As I’ve already mentioned, the difficulty of the situation is related to the young age of the kids, which as toddlers try to self-determine, to feel as individual members of a smaller or greater community, to become independent from the family environment, to find similarities and differences to their classmates and to chose a company as well as behaviors that fit them. Of course, the most important part is the culture we have as a society towards the emotional “education” of the children. There is a kind of compulsion in Greek family, a “decorum” that provides good and bad behavior, that values i.e. anger as a negative emotion that the kid should not feel. That occurs even when we try to protect children from unpleasant feelings in order to protect it from feeling sad. Automatically we eventually make an evaluative distinction of emotions and we teach children that they should not feel some of them. In pre-school education since a few years via the curricula there is a try to solve this and emotional education runs through all the sectors of the curricula, something I value as something positive. Of course, considering beyond the curricula, probably it is difficult for us, the teachers to work on that, since we also must educate ourselves in accepting and operate our emotions, in order to secure the pedagogic environment in the classroom for the appliance of the emotional education. Of course, this becomes difficult also because of insufficient training and because of the crowded school classes in which you cannot achieve a quality relation with each student individually.

Victoria Tsoukala; Family is the first emotional school. If within a family occur tensions and conflicts, these effect negatively the emotional balance and, therefor, the expression of emotions. It is not unusual that parents but also teachers don’t express their emotions. I.e. we ask a kid to stop doing something that annoys us without looking in his/her eyes or we say “I love you” without hugging the kid.

QUESTION; What are the dangers children face if they “learn” to suppress their emotions?

Aleka Koumeli; According to W.H.O., the main causes of death but also of morbidity around  the globe are not contagious diseases but diseases related to the modern way of life. Since for most of them there is no cure, the only way is prevention through the change of behavior and way of living. In Greece these last years there is a tremendous increase of consumption of sedatives and antidepressants. Depression appears in smaller ages now. According to a research on 713 teens age 15-18, 26,2% of them shows signs of depression. Bullying in schools has also become a major issue. Of course, all the above are also social phenomena. It is proven that with a proper early intervention and “teaching” the children to appreciate their feelings, to differentiate them, to understand them, to express them in a productive way, we could avoid future negative behaviors like addiction to substances, school failure, depression, difficulties at having healthy relations as an adult.

Victoria Tsoukala; If a kid “learns” to suppress his/her feelings, he/she will find difficulties in having healthy relations with kids of the same age, his/her family or even as an adult. Moreover, suppressing emotions could lead to psychological problems or to depression.

QUESTION; Do you think animation can help children – and perhaps their parents? – to view their emotional world more freely? And if so, why?

Aleka Koumeli; I believe animation can become a tool in the hands of the teachers for the hard work of emotional education. Besides, it is something extremely familiar to the kids, they love it and can through it can be taught behaviors and stances. It could become an opportunity for questioning, for discussion in the classroom as well as within families on the way we should face ourselves and the others, on the way we can solve conflicts and finally to have a harmonic relation with us and the others.

Victoria Tsoukala; Animation is something children love.  Surely children can identify themselves with a hero of an animated movie that promotes the expression of emotions, to see through a funny way how heroes express feelings, how they respond to “spurs” and imitate them. On the other hand, parents can understand concrete examples on how kids express themselves and then urge them and guide them to express their emotions.

Visiting and meeting creators in Athens Games Festival ’18

vktoons will attend Athens Games Festival, an event to take place in Helexpo Maroussi on Saturday the 20th and Sunday the 21st of October.

During the visit, vktoons will meet Greek video games companies as well as others creating board games – with some appointments already fixed – aiming to prepare the creation of games based on “The Treasure at the roots of the Tree of Earth”.

The meetings intent to empower our proposal toy ERT Hybrid for the production of the animated series as well as to empower the merchandise part of the proposal, while keeping it inside the Greek borders.

The conversations about the video game (or the app for the smart phones) will take place on the basis of working on “unity” game machine, with which Toon Boom (Harmony will be the software we will use if our proposal makes it to a production level) co-operates perfectly!

The indegogo Pre-Launch page is “on air”!

Our crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo platform begins on April the 2nd.But the Pre-Launch page is already in the “internet air”!

You can visit it by clicking on the image below or by clicking on this link; https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-treasure-at-the-roots-of-the-tree-of-earth-cartoon-animation/coming_soon#/

Visit our Pre-Launch page!
Link to the Pre-Launch page

The aim of this page is on one hand to inform about the start of the campaign on April the 2nd an, on the other hand, to help complete a number of emails of people already interested in contributing financially to this campaign.

In there you will find the video we prepared especially for the Pre-Launch page and you will also get information for some of the project details.

We remind you that “The Treasure at the roots of the Tree of Earth” will be in collaboration with mabrida studios of the Sofianos family (recently, the studio participated in the Oscar award nominee for best animated feature film “Loving Vincent“) and Argyris Pavlidis, who has given his voice to in-numbered animation characters in Greece since decades (these days you can see him  in the play “The military life in Greece at “Lyhnos Theater”.

So, visit this page and preregister in our mailing list! Those who will do so, will get a little perk, before the campaign starts!

Also, it would be very helpful if you shared the Pre-Launched page in your social media accounts!

Making progress with the preparation of our crowdfunding campaign!

Crowdfunding campaign for “The Treasure at the roots of the Tree of Earth” is still in preparation stage. Yet, we are preparing with a stable and quick pace. The basic text are getting written – only a small part is left to be written yet – and the graphic elements are almost complete (within the very next days this part will be ready too).

Also, little by little we fill in the catalog of the team to be shown in the campaign, giving that way the picture of an organized work. We believe that it is a very strong team and an asset in our effort to hit the funding target. Indeed, the targets or the campaign are not restricted to the economic part and that said, the success of the entire project is essential (details will be given in time)!

As for the creative part of pilot episode; within the next days all those who are involved – the director, the studio and the voice actors – will come discuss via the facebook platform about when we can all come together at the studios at Koropi for the record session. Right after that, we’ll move on to the animation of the pilot episode (the backgrounds and props are ready for some time now).

Crowdfunding campaign for “The Treasure at the roots of the Tree of Earth” (…starting on April)

The heroes of the series

vktoons starts preparing a crowdfunding campaign for the web-series “The Treasure at the roots of the Tree of Earth”.

After we addressed several companies – and received negative but polite and detailed answers – we take the next step which is to try and collect funds by the audience itself, in order to make the series!

The campaign will start in April, but in the blog you will get informed for everything that happens during its preparation. We’ve chosen Indiegogo platform and enough time before we launch the campaign we will “shoot” the “Pre-launch page”.

At this point we calculate the cost of the perks (in order to be able to correspond to the shipping needs) and we gradually prepare our page in the campaign platform, in order to make it work better.

The series is in collaboration with mabrida studio and it will get the voices of Argyris Pavlidis and his troupe!

You’ll hear from us again soon!

Collaboration with mabrida Studio

vktoons announces the beginning of its’ collaboration with mabrida studio. Mabrida studio is known for its’ successful and quality series of puppetry, while recently participated in the international project of “Loving Vincent”.

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An important collaboration.

vktoons moves on some collaborations, which we believe that will help a lot our effort to make Greek animation more accessible to a wider Greek audience. At the same time, these collaborations will contribute to offer to younger ages – and not only to them – really quality content. As for now, we cannot say something more, but soon enough we’ll be able to do that.

The Treasure at the roots of the Tree of Earth.

Yet, we can mention that, within the frame of this collaboration, we rework The Treasure at the roots of the Tree of Earth! The series will be completely edited and will be clearly better in relation to the first and second screening. Th scenery and the characters will get re-designed and the script will be re-written to get a better rhythm.

Right now, along with the edit work, we also work on writing the series pitch bible. Soon  enough, you’ll hear more about the project.

 

Collaborations on the production of the videos of vktoons’ YouTube channel.

In the same framework of the collaborations we have, we start one with Aspasia Amenta, who will be the narrator in our motivational videos on our YouTube channel, starting from this Saturday. Stay tuned!

 

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Let’s read what we …cook this time!

As a basis, let’s mention that we successfully completed the animated sequence of Bunny Poo Salad – the movie (click on the picture). Duncan Skinner commented remarkably!

 

We prepare some very serious collaborations that will show off vktoons but mostly we are optimistic that they’ll give a push to Greek animation. Perhaps we’ll be able to make some announcements soon enough (in any case, those to hear the news first will be the subscribers to our newsletter).

We also are to start a collaboration with Aspasia Amenta as the narrator in some of vktoons’ videos, as a start.

The first week of our new schedule of vktoons’ YouTube channel (click on the picture) went good enough and the results were encouraging, not so in the views count – there is distance there yet to walk – but as in quality elements, like is the participation of the people by commenting, asking, subscribing etc. Of course, we should give a “push” for the questions, as it seems that many want to ask but, for some reason, they are afraid to! But in time we’ll solve it too.

In the same frame, we try to collaborate with other creators by asking them to answer – whenever is possible – to viewers questions.

All these aim to contribute to the expansion of the Greek animation community and to make Greek animation known to  a larger Greek audience, but also to contribute to the education of the audience in animation,  no matter if someone intends to start animating or not.

What’s cooking vktoons? #30

Hi! Our informative series “What’s cooking vktoons?” from today will continue in the form of article in the blog of our webpage! In this way we try to attract more viewers to our website and also to “lighten” the schedule of our youtube channel, which you’ll note by reading this post that it is “full”!

Our youtube channel!

We begin our new program on our youtube channel. We aim to attract a – mainly but not only – Greek audience that has almost non relation to animation, especially Greek animation, to meet the medium and to get interested in learning about it in several ways. So, our new schedule begins on Saturday, 16th of September and it goes as this;

MONDAY; You ask, we answer. A series of Q&A type in which we’ll answer to questions about animation,  Greek and foreign, about vktoons etc. Someone may ask anything relevant; from terminology to anything encyclopedic, technical issues, production and everything on animation in general. Questions will be asked either vie social media accounts or in the comments field bellow the videos on youtube, no matter the day of course. We aim to educate a wider audience on animation.

Αυτές είναι ειδήσεις!
Now, that’s news!

TUESDAY; Now, that’s news! There will be a scheduled episode every Tuesday, but there is a chance for another episode of the satire within the same week if it is necessary, due to the timeliness.

 

WEDNESDAY; In action; DRAW! In this series we’ll give drawing lessons for beginners. The lessons will be based on books of Doudoumis publicationswith which vktoons collaborates. The series applies to everyone, either he/she is talented or – he/she thinks is – not, provided he has the willing to work with the pencil, the paper etc.

THURSDAY; The principles of animation +. The educational series on the principles of animation, as determined by the great Disney’s creators continues, just in a different day.

 

DIY-phenacitoscope

SATURDAY; DIY; Constructions for animation or By the way, on animation… They are two different series that will alternate each week. The first is a DIY type series about animation constructions/devices. With simple materials and within a low budget we’ll create devices important in history of animation and extremely fun for kids of every age! The second series is of “motivational” type and will try to show to an audience that is not relevant to animation that animation is something which concerns him/her in several ways, that can help him practically, emotionally, on health issues, on different sectors of public life, that can help him overcome difficulties and, finally, that it is something that anyone can do, as long as he/she wants to!

Finally, every first Monday of every month we’ll upload Bloopers of the previous month and on the last day of each month a traditionally animated cartoon titled Moments of an animator, which will be about the difficulties and contingencies that an animator faces, given in a funny way.

So, we expect your “likes, sharing of our videos, your comments and questions – which will be answered in our special series – as well as your subscription to our youtube channel!

Bunny Poo Salad – The Movie

We keep on working – in satisfactory pace – on the animated sequence of Duncan Skinner’s Bunny Poo Salad – The Movie. We’ve delivered most of the shots and we’re confident that everything will be delivered by the end of this month.

Ernesto and Taroon

Ernesto and Taroon

Once again, we grab the pencil and the paper for Ernesto and Taroon animated short. This time, we’ll get instructions, corrections etc even from Disney’s animators. Though we’ll work in “moonlight” conditions, it is almost required now to get it done!

Some nice and creative news!

We’ve just entered Autumn and the news for vktoons are good!

What if Newton was an ant?

First of all, the – really – REALLY – short animation (traditional) What if Newton was an ant? is an official selection for the Greek Panorama of the 10th Animasyros International Animation Festival & Agora!

 

Αυτές είναι ειδήσεις!
Now, that’s news!

Apart from that, the new series of the new program of vktoons’ youtube channel are “on their way”. These series will have a variety of thematology: DIY, motivational/inspirational” but relevant to animation, drawing lessons, the satire cartoon series Now, that’s news! (the pilot episode has been aired already), while our educational and informative series will continue. There’s also a thought about another cartoon series.

 

Moreover, these days we’re discussing on some possible collaborations which – if they end up successfully – will open new roads for vktoons and its’ causes (to make Geek animation more known to a wider audience) and perhaps could bring the creation of a strong kids schedule in a new youtube channel of vktoons.

In general, it seems it will be an exciting September for vktoons!