Creating Entertaining Animations for Safety Education
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There has been previous research on how to make animation entertaining and engaging for a variety of industries, not just for the entertainment industry. There has also been an extensive use of imagination in books, film, and animations that are meant to bring excitement to stories. In order to make the animations entertaining for industries other than entertainment, I am presenting a methodology to use traditional storytelling techniques for safety education, where technical information and/or directions need to be expressed in a creative way. My goal is to provide a foundation of knowledge that could help artists create interesting and engaging visual stories based on any script, which can lead to the creation of entertaining animations for safety education. My research work is based on a project given by the Texas Department of Transportation that included creating seven individual 2D safety education animations. The animations were about mice siblings, Harley and Hobbit, who learn new safety lessons and procedures. As I worked on the storyboards for the animations, I thought about several methods to make the safety animations more entertaining, such as establishing a relationship between characters, incorporating dynamic compositions, establishing familiar settings, and incorporating imagination sequences. Overall, by combining traditional concepts used in entertainment animations and implementing new methods for creating engaging stories, I hope to make the educational animations informative and fun to watch.
Eason, Anthony Dalton (2018). Creating Entertaining Animations for Safety Education. Master's thesis, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from