Gertie the Dinosaur – (1914) First “cartoon” to be made using keyframe animations. Over 10,000 drawings on paper were made to create this 13 minute film.
Simple thaumatrope – a simple optical illusion working with the principles of Persistence of Vision (is the commonly used term to describe the optical illusion whereby multiple discrete images blend into a single image in the human mind and believed to be the explanation for motion perception in cinema and animated films.)
Contemporary Examples of Artists using Historical Animation Techniques:
Matt Collishaw: this is unbelievable. We exhibited a work by this artist at the gallery I also work at and I was blown away by the amount of detail, technical skill and historical references. Amazing.
Lecture: History of Animation + short videos
In class mini assignment: Create a basic flip-book
Discussion: 12 Basic Principles of Animation + animation vocabulary + Illusion of Life
Homework: Watch these videos:
Next week I will do some intro to Animate technical demonstrations as well as we will discuss the parameters of our first project: the Commercial Project. Start thinking about the components of your Commercial Project (logo, web ad, banner)… we will build them in Photoshop/Illustrator.
We are doing great so far!