schools week 7-11 Feb
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Timing Exercises Set up a rostrum camera (a fixed camera on a column or tripod) focused on a horizontal table top and linked to a computer. Fix two lights to illuminate the table to give an even light.
• Film a coin, one frame at a time, so that it appears to be moving across the table in a straight line.
Then try making the first five moves very small and then gradually space the moves out – this way the coin speeds up and appears to accelerate to the end.
Now make the first and last moves smaller – this will make the coin appear to speed up and then slow down.
Try different sorts of movement with the coin such as making it appear to bounce.
You can also try this with a flattened plasticine disc and practice a bit of ‘squash and stretch’ to make a soft rubber ball.
An easy way to do this is to take away and change the shape of the plasticine between shots - but always return it to the exact same spot, which can be lightly marked with pencil. There can be model makers preparing the plasticine shapes, passing that on to animators who place it on the marked spot and check with the 'live' image on the computer that it is in the right place before recording the image. The camera operators can press the record button when given the all clear by the animator.
A collection of small plasticine blobs can metamorphose into one central blob, which develops eyes that look around, blink and disappear, then the little blobs break away again. Several students can work on this, each in charge of animating a blob - but they should co-operate with others regarding gradually coming together to form a central blob. To avoid squabbles - the team has to plan who will be the 'dominant' blobs.
If you want to make a model with limbs it is best to tease the shape slowly out of one lump, rather than sticking on the extremities, they will inevitably fall off.
Keep hands clean, to keep your plasticine clean and use Baby Wipes.
You can also use plastic toys, farm animals, pipe cleaners, or any objects and these can be used together with plasticine models and painted or collage backgrounds.
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.