schools week 7-11 Feb
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A SIMPLE SYSTEM OF RECORDING ANIMATION
A guide to getting started There are a number of ways to get a group animating. With the most basic equipment and limited resources you can create simple films with a range of learners. You have seen how learners can engage in the process of animation with little more than a pencil and some paper, but most schools and colleges are now equipped with the appropriate multimedia equipment to take the animation process into the realm of filmmaking.
The following is a quick note to capturing and developing animated sequences in the classroom. We will begin with the simplest and most basic, and move up to the sort of set up you have experimented with today. The following pages deal mainly with equipment and technology. What you choose to animate is down to the nature of your students and the resources available to you.
1 The Video Camera Method
This method simply requires a video camera - either an Analogue or a Digital model will do the job. Simply set up your camera with a blank tape inserted. Set up your animation and position the camera so that it frames the action well. Press the record button and quickly hit pause. Move your model (or change the picture if you are doing 2D) and let the camera record the new frame for about 2 seconds. Hit the pause button again, and move your model to the next position. Continue until you have captured at least 20 frames or so, and then play the action back. If the animation is running too slow, allow less time when recording, and if it’s running too fast, allow more time.
Advantages of this system Most institutions will have a video camera or camcorder. The technology is simple to use, inexpensive and you can play the work instantly through a television monitor. In fact, you can attach the camera to the back of the television through the ‘audio/video’ connector (the red, yellow and white plugs that came with the camera). to have the image up on the screen as you are shooting it. You can even add a bit of sound or music if you have a bit of experience in analogue editing.
Disadvantages of the system The basic principle of animation is that the individual frames shot are all of the same duration, and are played back at a speed of 24 frames per second. The video recording method will do the job after a fashion, but this rather haphazard method of capturing frames takes a lot of practice to get frames of a similar duration, and it tends to produce jerky, inconsistent motion. You also tend to pick up sounds from around the room.
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.