FlipaClip is a free animation app available for Android and iOS devices. It allows users to quickly and easily create and share animation. It is intended to bring the animation flipbook feel into the digital realm. We recently spoke with CEO, Jonathan Meson, about the origin of FlipaClip and everything that’s going on with the app and its community.
The Meson brothers come from a family where creativity was encouraged. As a child Jonathan would make his own stop motion animation using LEGOs. In adulthood, he and his brother, Marcos, established the mobile app creation company, Visual Blasters, LLC. and later partnered with their other brother, Tim, to create FlipaClip. The app was initially created for Android and was made available for iOS earlier this month.
FlipaClip‘s user base consists of 560,000 active monthly users and the app has been downloaded 4 million times. Jonathan attributes the fast-growing user base to both ease of use and word of mouth. One of his favorite daily activities is searching for and watching animation created by the FlipaClip community.
In addition to hobbyists and professionals grade animators using the app, FlipaClip has shown up in the educational environment. Because it’s easy to use and free, some teachers in the US and in Europe have independently used it as a tool to help engage their students. Below you’ll find a video of how it was integrated into a middle school classroom in Ohio.
FlipaClip recently announced the Animate Unravel Contest, which is open to users of FlipaClip. Those interested in entering must animate and submit a music video for the indie band, Tell Her I Love Her’s first single, Unravel, which may be found here. According to Jonathan, over 20,000 users have expressed interest in creating for and submitting their works to the Animate Unravel Contest.
Those who enter the contest will have their animation judged by Simon Wilches-Castro, Michael Patterson and Joan Baker. Wilches-Castro has earned a number of awards and honors including Grand Prize Winner Adobe – Design Achievement Awards 2013, Regional Finalist – Student Academy Awards 2013, Official selections in Annecy, Ottawa, and Hiroshima Animation Film festivals. Patterson is the Grammy and MTV music award winning animator behind iconic music videos such as A-ha’s Take on Me and Paula Abdul’s Opposites attract. He is currently a professor of animation at USC. Baker is the co-founder of the Voice Arts Awards.
Winners of the #AnimateUnravelContest will be announced in New York City in May of this year. Awards include $1,000 for 1st and $500 for 2nd place. Five 3rd place winners will each receive $100. 100 Honorable mention winners will receive a FlipaClip free professional user licenses. The contest will run from March 18 to May 12, 2017. For official entry rules, visit the Animate Unravel Contest page.
The FlipaClip community can expect to see more in the future. While there are no immediate plans to create a version of FlipaClip for PC users, the engine behind the app is built in such a way where porting is a realistic goal for the future. They want FlipaClip to be available on as many different platforms as possible.
Jonathan would like the community to know that they are very important and that the feedback is awesome. The FlipaClip team loves both the good and the negative responses. They use it all to continually improve the app. The FlipaClip community should also keep their eyes peeled for more animation competitions in the future.