Telling a story through motion, or giving the impression that the characters are moving
Motion can be on paper, or on computers
Is it different from cartoons?
Animation is all about bringing cartoon characters to life through motion
THE HISTORY OF ANIMATION Cartoon Strips Zoetropes Flip Books Computer Animation Who invented animation? How did it happen? Video Rotoscopes
Oh, yes, we still have to write stories!!!! STORYTELLING 101 Comedy Horror Action Science Fiction We have to have a story for our character Animation technique is the most important storytelling aspect of computer graphics So, we’ll be learning animation technique!
More than stick figures, but you still don’t have to be an artist
You will have to start thinking like an animator!
Blocking the camera shots…what’s visible and for how long
Which character receives the most camera time?
When are close-ups used ?
Which scenes show perspective?
Where do the camera angles change?
BACKGROUNDS We will be studying backgrounds, and why they are so important to animation What does our background say about our animation?
VOCABULARY Animation has it’s own special “language” The software Animation:Master also has it’s own computer shortcuts to make animation simpler and easier We will be spending a lot of time on vocabulary and computer shortcuts so you can become an animation expert!
Is this beginning to sound like a Video Production Class? It has a lot of the same terminology like:
PLASTICINE FIGURES AND FACES For an at-home assignment, you will be creating your own character out of plasticine, or modeling clay, during the Thanksgiving holidays By making your own character with plasticine, you will be able to then create it on the computer by looking at it in 3D before you begin “drawing” it in the computer