Creating the Animation Intros

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A snapshot of an animation sequence

A snapshot of an animation sequence

Inspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities within art and design. EXA 0-05a / EXA 1-05a / EXA 2-05a

creating an animation

Creating an animation

As part of the process of film-making each film  included animations of the children’s names. While a small group of children went downstairs to the library to film their interviews the rest of the class prepared and filmed their animations.

General Equipment used
Coloured paper, scissors and glue to create their name and other objects
A4 paper- for the storyboard of the animation
A2 backing paper in a variety of basic colours

Technical Equipment provided by Tim Flood
Latitude K300 Netbooks (3)
Velbon tripod, Star 61 Tripod
Panasonic 3CCD, Canon MV750 digital video camcorder, JVC 300X with digital zoom

Software loaded onto the netbooks
ZU3D version 2.1.023, Stop Motion Pro v.5

Process of creating the animation
The camera and netbook need to be set up and the software opened ready to use by the children. The children helped with this process of setting up and putting away at the end of the session.

  1. Design a storyboard for the animation in pencil on A4 paper

    Euan's storyboard

    Euan’s storyboard

  2. Draw out your name in coloured paper and cut out
  3. Draw out the other objects being used in the animation and cut out
  4. Place all the pieces in a polypocket for safe keeping until a camera is free.
  5. Choose the backing paper for the animation. It must contrast with the chosen colours for the objects to be animated.
  6. Choose a partner to work with. One person creates the animation by moving the pieces under the camera lens. The other person sits next to the netbook and uses the software open on the netbook to take the individual shots.
  7. The frame rate is about 9-10 frames per second when the animation plays back. This
    Harry's animation in progress

    Harry’s animation in progress using ZU3D

    means several shots need to be taken of the name without moving the pieces once it is complete so that people can read it.

  8. Zu3D program requires the user to save their animation at the end. The Stop Motion program saves it automatically.
  9. The animations can be exported in different formats including .avi, flash (.flv) and .wmv (plays in Windows Media Player).


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