For the second year in a row, Mr. Tommy Hodges, Digital Media instructor, Animation Club Advisor, and Skills USA Advisor of Middle Creek High School in Apex, was asked to create a video for the North Carolina SkillsUSA opening ceremony in Greensboro, North Carolina. In less than a minute and 30 seconds all 100 counties in the State were shown. According to Hodges, the most complicated part about making this video was the record and the record player which took hours to create, animate, and render. Hodges video taped Lorenzo Surles playing the drums and guitar on a homemade green screen which took approximately 3 hours. Unfortunately a lot of the video was not used due to time constraints. The entire video was edited in one weekend which was a short but challenging process with 150+ edited layers in the final project. Hodges asked his Animation Club to create "grunge" backgrounds and random images that he could animate. Although very small amounts of graphics were actually used by Hodges from the club, Mr. Hodges would like to thank those who did contribute. Their contributions played a big role in inspiring him during the animation process. Congratulations to Cori May for creating the "happy clouds." Congratulation to Mandy Bass for the "stars". Special Thanks to Rigo Torres and Matt Kemp for several "grunge backgrounds." And special thanks goes out to Alec Kaufman for creating the "retro gaming animations." Tommy Hodges hopes next year's SkillsUSA opening ceremony video will trump this years in the hopes of using even more of his Animation Club in the video developing process.

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