ShinShin Tang Case Study:Animation empowers teaching mental health knowledge for children
About ShinShin Tang and the Child Mental Health Training Project
ShinShin is an experienced psychologist who has a wide background in working with various mental illnesses (as depression, anxiety, relationships, and grief). Her goals and also motivation in work is to help people find more happiness in life through preventing and resolving mental issues.
Especially for adolescent children at the age of 11-13 years old, who are in the process of developing from children into adults. During this time, kids have to face not only physical changes but also complicated feelings and unexplained behaviors that they never experienced before.
Therefore, it’s a need to educate children about these psychological changes they are experiencing and how to actively deal with them.
Problems occurred in teaching mental health for children
Mental health training for young learners is a new and sensitive subject. Many teachers are confused when teaching it because they themselves were not taught this subject. As a psychologist, ShinShin wants to use her specialized knowledge as well as her expert understanding about children to help teachers effectively educate the subject to their students.
That’s why she created the Child Mental Health Training Project!
ShinShin’s decision to use animation to run a project for a sensitive age
The idea of using animation
Animations came to this project as natural as the way people need oxy to breathe. Because there is no ideal medium to teach children about mental health better than animated videos.
“Why’s animation? The reason was pretty simple and couldn’t be more suitable: Kids love cartoon. Let’s use cartoon then”
– ShinShin, creator of the project.
However, it was unlucky that ShinShin wasn’t satisfied with the currently available animations on the topic of mental health. Either they were too dry or they delivered inaccurate information. And she didn’t want hers to look like these. This was when she looked for a tailor-made animations production studio to really capture her vision in term of what the animation for mental health training looks like.
The decision to choose F.learning Studio
ShinShin was looking for an animation studio that not only produces high-quality animation but also could share her educational value in each video delivered.
There were 3 things ShinShin considered when choosing an animation studio: 1 is knowledge and experience, 2 is prior projects, and 3 is pricing. And fortunately, she found all of these at F.learning Studio!
“F. Learning Studio helped me see the usefulness and potential of educational animation that I couldn’t find from what I have seen. I liked the way the company shows their expertise and passion about education on their website, both from the blogs and previous works. Moreover, the price was so competitive when coming with the tailor-made animations service.”
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Collaborating with F. learning Studio, ShinShin’s been able to:
1. Write an impressive animation script
“I had no idea about animation before. The producer of F. Learning Studio has directly contacted me and helped me a lot in writing an animation script. He supported me to deliver the information needed delicately but also make the script be able to do the illustration and animation effectively .”
F.learning Studio has supported ShinShin in writing the script that turns her lessons into an engaging story that is ready for animation. We know that not everyone is an expert in writing an animation script because it requires both the in-field knowledge and understanding about animation. Therefore, working with the producer of F. learning Studio is truly beneficial for Shin Shin because it helps avoid misunderstanding or error in the visual content in writing.
2. Have a beautiful style frame
It’s where the magic happens! To encourage children, regardless of their genders, identify with any of the characters in the animated series, Shinshin wanted to use monsters as the main characters in teaching mental health. And she found that F.Learning Studio has really captured this through the attractive designs we offered.
In the process of designing style frame, F. learning Studio:
- drew out idea and turn it into beautiful characters
- provided 3 options for style frame to choose that include character design, color, background, font.
Notably, Shin Shin highly appreciated that we provided 3 options for her to choose. Because 3 is a number that professional studios usually offer for clients which you can’t find it when working with freelancers.
3. Enjoyed seeing the storyboards
One more exclusive experience in the production process is seeing the storyboard. Creating storyboard is also a hard job as it is visualized version of the script that includes everything children are going to see on the screen.
ShinShin was offered to see after every step of the process: from sample to full storyboard. This made her feel like part of the production team. Moreover, she always felt assured as the studio was able to make quick changes according to her revisions of each step.
4. Involved in the illustration process
After storyboard is time to do illustration. In a nutshell, it is to draw carefully every scene in the storyboard with the chosen style frame. It’s not as difficult as designing the style frame, but it takes lots of time and asks the illustrators to be very careful and precise.
“F.learning Studio still offered me to make the revision when doing illustration. It made me feel the professionality and premium quality of the end-to-end service that the studio provides.” – ShinShin.
5. Get an awesome animation series
Go from knowing nothing about animation to owning an animation series, it’s very magnetic! ShinShin has successfully made an interesting lesson about mental problems for children by a creative teaching aid, it’s educational animation.
The tailor-made animated videos that F. learning Studio produced for Shin Shin has done a great job to:
- Effectively explain mental health knowledge – a new and delicate topic that naturally is hard for both children and adults to understand it.
- Creatively train teachers: It where the ‘teaching by learning’ strategy goes success. Now with animated videos, the teachers can learn about children’s problem first, then find a better way to teach their students what they’ve learned.
- Tactfully teach students: Animations help to deliver sensitive and difficult knowledge to adolescent children by engaging characters and funny tone that students love to watch!
- Potentially distribute worldwide: With animated videos, ShinShin could easily transform this on-campus syllabus into an online course and deliver over the world to more children.
What has ShinShin got?
After completing the first part of the animation series, ShinShin ran its trials in some health lessons. Although the project is still under preparation, it has achieved some impressive results.
It really works!
The children were actually watching the videos and paying attention! And also the teachers who watched the animated video, they felt it useful and interesting in explaining what they couldn’t understand before.
And it goes viral!
Besides letting students watch it, ShinShin also published the animation on Youtube. What a pleasant surprise! The video has reached 5000 people without any advertising or promotion. It shows that the video has natural value and it really attracts the viewers!
ShinShin did it with animations, so the same magic could happen to you too!
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