Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Stop Motion

Stop motion animation is a classic animation in which the objects you are animating are real, objects or three dimensional objects. the basic principal of this type of animating is to position what ever you animating shoot a frame of whatever medium or animation your working in, make a change to the objects then shoot another frame, you do this over and over. Character sculptures and sets are usually smaller than life size, and may be built on armatures that give them a defined skeleton. Thar armature helps you create realistic motion also providing support for the body and accessories on the figure if there are any.


Henry Selick is a stop motion director and has produced some of the most well known animation films, such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and Caroline. I think his style of animating is very similar throughout the three different films each one showing a sense of horror and dark atmosphere. I think his armatures and models made for the films individually show huge character, and he very cleverly manages to bring animals and other creatures to a human like form which can be difficult.

Communication with Groups

I was unable to work directly with an L6 partner, However I tried communicating with other Animators to see if they needed any support or help with there work. Unfortunately none of the L6 Animators needed help from me so I concentrated on my Stop motion ideas and research.



Week 1

Module and project breifing

Produce own brief to present

to L6 Students.

Week 2

Trying to contact L6 student

Sending emails and contacting

on facebook etc

Week 3

Reserch into Stop motion

How Stop motion works, what

is it.

Week 4

Studying practitioners

Week 5

Blog work

Stop Motion

Week 6

Research into Stop motion

Looking at my own stop motion

Week 7

Evaluating work and blog work

Week 8

Stop motion

Stop motion

My Stop motion

Character Design

Scene from my stop motion

Background set

Kolbs Cycle

Evaluation of Sto
p motion

I really enjoyed this project and working with stop motion is something I'm passionate about. When animating I found trying to keep it smooth and in sync a bit of a problem as some parts of the animation needed to be slower than others, this is something I need to take into consideration next time. Another problem I ran into when animating was the surface I did it on, which was carpet. I used butterfly clips to enable my characters limbs to move. This became a problem as they were catching on the carpet and preventing a smooth transaction to the next frame. Producing my own animation and learning from my mistakes has made me take into consideration improvements when producing my next stop motion. For example the materials I used and which ones best suit the conditions your working in, such as the set and how the characters will animate on it. I think this being my first stop motion done on my own it was a success. I managed to produce a solid and convincing concept with a good outcome. I have come out with a broader idea of stop motion and how it works. I think further experimentation into stop motion will help me in the future when deciding my own personal style of animating. I would like to use clay in my next stop motion as I am very fond of and feel it gives a good effect and outcome therefore this will defiantly be something I experiment with in the future.

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