• Building Background:  What is Animation?

    Get inspired. Pre-reading and watching

    Time to settle in and start building your animation knowledge.

    Watch and ponder:

    Veteran British animator Bob Godfrey (1921-2013) answers the question "What Is Animation?"

    What is Animation by Matt Pickles.

    Watch - Persistence of vision and the magic of illusion   from the MIT archive.  It would seem that the MIT archive currently is unavailable but if you want to read the story of one annimation that almost never was read the story of  "The Thief and The Cobbler" completed in 1993 20 years after it was started. (https://unshavedmouse.com/2014/12/18/the-thief-and-the-cobbler-1993/) Or you can watch the story of Richard Williams  ( https://youtu.be/Y6mbXRD-U74 )
    Rent Persistence of Vision here- https://vimeo.com/ondemand/persistenc...
    Interested in learning more of the story? TheThief Who Never Gave UP Featurette
    For a look at Richard Williams Commercial Work https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB75098C7E630258E
    Notes on Animation: https://youtu.be/zUt423CFVgw
    Animation process

    Animation is the process of creating the illusion of movement through a sequence of static images. It has become a vital tool for communication in advertising, games, multimedia, educational/informational initiatives, and entertainment.


    Commonly, animation is produced at 12, 24, 25, or 30 frames/images displayed per second. Each individual image must differ slightly from the next to create the illusion that something is moving. The most basic examples of this would be a flipbook or a zoetrope.


    Animations aren't actually moving, but we see the illusion of movement because of a phenomenon called persistence of vision. In this phenomenon, the brain and eyes cooperate to store images for 1/30th of a second, and the brain smoothes it out automatically. Since animated frames are shot at very fast rates, people generally see animation as fluid movement. This is not unlike when you’re walking past a fenced-in backyard — although you can’t see the backyard while standing and looking at the fence, when you’re walking past it your brain creates a picture of what the backyard looks like by compiling what you see in the slits between the pickets as you move.

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    Remember that there’s no single way to make an animation. Animators have used various media and methods to trick our eyes into thinking there’s life in something that has no life.

    What is frame-by-frame animation?

    Frame-by-frame animation is animation created by manipulating an image or an object in small ways over a series of frames or pictures, then playing those frames back at a quick pace to create the illusion of motion. We looked at a few examples of flipbooks in the previous section; those were, essentially, frame-by-frame animations created with pen and pencil.

    Here are a couple of videos that give a glimpse of the power of frame-by-frame animation techniques:
    Plumb: FreeHand   https://vimeo.com/88836644

Last Modified on November 17, 2021