Friday, April 12, 2013

The Tuesday Channel - Week 1& 2 - stopmotion animation.

 Week 1: We started our animation session with a quick 2-D individual project using a media of our choice, and limiting ourselves to thinking in terms of 4 shots...although some of us did need to do more where it became necessary for our idea.  Great work from everyone! You are all very accomplished at getting your ideas out onto quick storyboards(see below for storyboard templates and more info); and at considering and figuring out the essential animating challenges that come from figuring out how to tell a specific story visually and in motion. We shared thoughts on how there are lots of tricks involved in getting us to believe what we're seeing. Here are some stills:

We got two anims. shot week 1 and managed to shoot the rest of your work last week. We'll use these to quickly review how to use our software: we are using iKitmovie mostly, we'll try MonkeyJam, a bit of powerepoint if you're interested, and look into a few in-camera and iphone effects and apps.
Week 2: We started planning our group animations this week - storyboarding and brainstorming for what we would like to see happen.  We did some great drawings and even started working up our clay for claymation. Remember we can add 3-d elements or create a 3-d animation this time.

Here are two different templates for storyboards to download and print.

Storyboard 1
Storyboard 2

Remember: You're scenes aren't necessarily the # of frames on a page. You can use several pages to work out a story.  Keep in mind simple is better to start. Each page is a sequence. You can break out each main scene - which is really a main action and a single background(more or less)- from your storyboard into a storyboard of shots you'll need, details, tricks you need to create with your characters to fool the eye, and materials/props and actions needed to make your shots work in animation.  We are limiting our animated productions to at least 2 main scenes - with as many shots as we need to build each scene.  
If your character is travelling to different places or gets around a lot, you can think about how to best create multiple backgrounds and also think about how to creatively transition to each.

Here are some of the links for reference from Week 1:
Whiteboard 1
Gulp **"Largest" stop motion
will post a few more shortly.