Amazing Sentence

Recently, as of one of my jobs, I was involved in experiment about teaching open-source animation to kids. For me it was interesting to test the technologies we use in Morevna in the unusual environment. And now I’m happy to announce the first result – animated short of the younger group (9 -12 years old) entitled “Amazing Sentence”.

As the project mentor I was responsible for screenplay, storyboarding, directing and teaching the technology and tools. Following the screenplay and storyboard, kids were drawing images and animated them frame-by frame in Pencil. Sometimes they used MyPaint to create background. After that their animation were composed in Synfig into scenes. All scenes were stitched together and mixed with audio in Blender. For music we have used the CC-licensed track of Juanitos band and the fragment of closing theme from Big Buck Bunny animated short by Blender Foundation (which is CC-licensed as well). All sound FX were retrieved from the project. Considering that each participant dedicated 3 hours per week to the project, it took a 6 months for kids to create this work (including learning).

This turns to be the first animated short made on Remake build system. It demonstrates how Morevna workflow can be applied to create frame-by-frame animation. I hope that sources of this work will help people to learn and adapt that workflow to their needs, that’s why I’m looking for someone who can offer me webspace to upload the full sources of this animation. The sources released under the same free license (CC-BY). We have used the Remake, so anyone will be able to easily modify/rebuild whole animation from sources.

How to build:

  1. Install required software
  1. Download sources and unpack
  2. Cd into unpacked dir and run
$ remake ./project-sentence.blend
  1. After process will be finished grab the project-sentence.blend.mpg file from the render/ subdirectory


Full credits (in English):

Artwork & Animation by
Andrej Idubalin (9 y.o.)
Nastja Majzhegisheva (12 y.o.)
Danil Maksimov (12 y.o.)
Aziz Murzaev (12 y.o.)
Vlad Rusmanov (9 y.o.)
Dima Popov (10 y.o.)

With the Voice Talents of
Nastja Majzhegisheva as Teacher
Vlad Rusmanov as Sasha
Olga Pak as Girl

Written and Storyboard by
Konstantin Dmitriev

Based on the story by
Viktor Goljavkin

“Sai-k-delic Party” by Juanitos (retrieved from Jamendo)
Final Theme by Jan Morgenstern (retrieved from

Sound FX
retrieved from project
by following contributors:
guitarguy1985, HerbertBoland, IFartInUrGeneralDirection, John_Sauter, krb21, reinsamba, Robinhood76, Pooleside

Konstantin Dmitriev

Pencil, Synfig Studio, Blender, MyPaint, Remake

Directed by
Konstantin Dmitriev

Congratulations for the new experience teaching and the good results achieved. Please post this animation on the website gallery.

Thank you! ^___^ Just did that.

I don’t see it in the gallery, I am missing something? :open_mouth:

–> here, the first one…

Awwwh the browser cache!!! :imp:

Hi Zelgadis, I cleared my browser cache and still don’t see it in the gallery.

That was incredibly impressive work for 9-12 year olds, tho I think your screenplay and storyboarding raised that whole project to a much higher level than otherwise possible for a short made by children. Still, very impressive! That’s something those kids should be very proud of.

Same here :open_mouth:

Ah! That was permissions problem! Thank you for reporting! Fixed. ^___^"

Hello Zelgadis
I love your short movie ! Congratulations to you and the kids! :smiley:

Hi DarthFurby, mad0! Thank you for the kind responses!

It is always rewarding to work with children. Congratulations. Good job.

I think this video is charming - I watched it with my children.

Nice to hear some Russian again too - I used to work with some Russian people and it reminded me of them.

Sources published:

Congratulations! Really a great video and work from you :slight_smile:

It was charming and makes me smile. Congratulations!

An amazing work to attack earth with synfig’s video sentences :wink: