Computer Animation

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Thomas Kovacs
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Computer Animation

Post by Thomas Kovacs » Mon May 05, 2008 12:59 pm

I have been requested to prepare a presentation on "Computer Animation".
I would like to limit this presentation to animate simple children stories that would involve walking of the characters and moving their mouths etc.
Any idea where I could find some explanatory material on how to do this with a computer.

Graeme Webb

Post by Graeme Webb » Mon May 05, 2008 4:30 pm

Hi Thomas,

You mention "computer animation' is this 2 dimensional animation using a software application to draw figures like 'Southpark'? Or is it 3D animation using computers to produce animations like 'Shreck' ? Or is it using a computer to capture stop motion animation like the 'Corpse Bride' ?.

Let me know
Cheers
Graeme

Thomas Kovacs
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Post by Thomas Kovacs » Mon May 05, 2008 7:41 pm

Thanks for the reply.
I mean simple two dimensional animation. That's hard enough for new people getting interested in making short animated videos.

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Post by Dave Watterson » Mon May 05, 2008 9:54 pm

Ask a teacher!

Some primary schools have a simple animation program. You create (or borrow) a character and in the terminology of the system you can "stamp" it onto the screen, move and stamp it again. I heard about it at BIAFF from the man behind the film Our Environment Is Important

The advantage of this is speed. You can get results quickly which is essential for this sort of situation.

http://www.scrapblog.com/viewer/Viewer.aspx?sbid=31324 is a brief interview with Oskar Stringer who teaches animation to young people. He is very popular in the South-West area and well beyond. The page includes contact details for him. That will give you some ideas.

Dave

Graeme Webb

Post by Graeme Webb » Tue May 06, 2008 7:20 am

Here are some usefull links to get you started:

Toonboom and ktoon are used by some teachers to teach animation in schools. You will probably find people talking about their experiences of these products in the forums.

http://www.animationforum.net/forum/

http://forums.awn.com/index.php

http://www.animationmagazine.net/forum/

Software:

http://www.toonboom.com/products/toonBoomStudio/

http://www.plasticanimationpaper.dk/

http://www.tvpaint.com/

http://www.digicelinc.com/

http://ktoon.toonka.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Flash

and excellent books which I have bought and read on the subject are :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Illusion-Life-D ... 31&sr=8-14

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Animators-Survi ... 19&sr=1-19

Graeme

Graeme Webb

Post by Graeme Webb » Tue May 06, 2008 7:29 am

Sorry forgot this one didn't see it 1st time round in my animation bookmarks:

Anime studio
http://graphics.smithmicro.com/article/ ... 3?sbss=793

available at amazon

G

Thomas Kovacs
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Post by Thomas Kovacs » Tue May 06, 2008 8:47 am

Thank you Graeme for the details. To check them out will "keep me off the street" for days.
You are very kind.

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Post by Thomas Kovacs » Tue May 06, 2008 8:49 am

Dear Dave,

Thanks for your contact. I checked it out and found it extremely useful.

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