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animated exeter

7-19 february

schools week 7-11 Feb




www.animatedexeter.co.uk • brochure hotline 01392 265198

2D Animation Projects Traditional drawn animation is a procedure that requires observation, concentration, good drawing skills, dexterity and accuracy. It can also be creative and exciting despite being repetitive and needing good organisational and planning skills.

Traditionally drawings would be sketched on thin paper, then each one traced as a black outline onto a sheet of acetate, known as a cel. The colour would be painted on the back of the cel, and then each cel photographed (one for every twelfth or twenty fifth of a second) lying on a painted background. Today drawings are scanned into a computer where the colouring takes place.

However there are other equally satisfying techniques that are not so time-consuming and do not require special equipment or materials.

For example:

  • Using charcoal and a putty rubber and paper cut out in the style of William Kentridge.

  • Using collage of found and own drawings and photographs images can be manipulated to create and destroy buildings plants imagined landscapes etc.

In both cases the animation works on the same principle of adding to the drawing or collage frame by frame to create the illusion of growth or movement.

2D animation is usually filmed from a rostrum camera (a fixed camera on a column or tripod) focused on a horizontal table top and linked to a computer. Two fixed lights are illuminate the table to give an even light.

2D animation can also be created in computers with software like Macromedia Flash.

medium. Characters can lose shape very easily. So it is always best to try animating very simple shapes.

Set up a camera on a tripod that is fixed so that it cannot be knocked or moved. Make sure any loose cable from the camera to your computer is taped down on the floor. Focus the lens on to a table top leaving enough space to manipulate and place the models without moving the camera.

Camera on tripod 3D Animation setup

Using a ball of plasticine, squash it down a little bit between each shot, frame by frame, then squeeze it up into a column frame by frame. Extend the column up till it gets thinner and thinner, then it can bend over to touch the ground, somersault across the table top and then shrink down to become another blob.

3D Animation Film Projects Plasticine is one of the simplest, cheapest and most gratifying materials to animate with. It requires less preparation than drawn animation, and offers a very unthreatening medium. With the animation itself however, one can encounter difficulties with the very flexibility of the

Plasticine somersault

Animated Exeter is an Exeter City Council initiative realised through collaboration with our partners, funders, and sponsors and we would particularly like to thank South West Screen, Arts Council South West, City Screen, Devon Curriculum Services, East Devon District Council, participating venues, local businesses, animation companies, artists and volunteers for their continued support.

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