Person-imation: The Human Beach Ball

Playing Catch With a Human!

Today we use spacing and posing and looping to create the illusion of volleying a human back and forth. Stop motion animation is kind of funny in that we don't move when a picture is taken. The process is: move to a new position. Stop. Take a picture. Move to a new position. Stop. Repeat.

Do the math based on 15 pictures per second, and you can invent almost anything you can imagine. Pose, move, pose. etc. Stopping and moving. Stop motion.

Makes sense right?

Try it.

 

Bon Animate!

Animation Chefs

Headless Hoseman!

Happy Halloween!

Here is our classic "Headless Hoseman" stop motion animation.

This is a classic "loop" animation. We shot 12 frames and repeated with different kinds of filters and music. One of us was cold on the left side of his entire body after about 45 minutes on the lawn. A little wet too!

Enjoy!

Bon Animate!

Animation Chefs

P.S. We'd love to see you do a Halloween stop motion animation too! Send us the link when you get it done!

Animating Kids #15: Car Parallax

What You Will Learn

Another recipe in parallax, this time with a car. You will learn how to create the illusion of scenery passing a car as it stays in the middle of a long shot while driving. 

You will learn how to move background elements slower that items closer to the camera. 

Why This Is Important

Parallax, or perspective in motion, is a very powerful tool in animation. When done correctly, it saves a lot of time. Parallax can often be looped over and over if the original animation has at least one cycle of it.

This effect is used in all the classic animations. It is a wonderful "cheat" to save time, and to make the whole scene looking like it is moving in perspective. 

Thank you for watching our Animating Kids secret recipes. To watch other lessons, hit the blog tab or follow us on Youtube or Facebook.

Stay tuned, on Friday we have another Shark Vs Rabbit coming! 

Until then, 

Bon Animate! 

Animation Chefs

P.S. Here is a link to our Animation Starter Kit for any person who wants to learn the vocabulary, formulas, and timeless principles of stop motion animation.

 

Shark Vs Rabbit #14: Siliconned

Shark is a master of the ocean. Rabbit's home is an isle of sand. Mixing the two never occurred to either.

Using renewable resources by sourcing local silicon, Rabbit gives Shark a climate change.

Quick, don't miss our shortest Shark Vs Rabbit yet. 

Until next week, 

Bon Animate! 

Animation Chefs

 

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Stay tuned; we have another Animating Kids Tutorial on Monday.

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Animating Kids #12: Personimation - FLying with Overlapping Flapping

What You Will Learn

You will learn how to combine two different actions to create the illusion of flying like a bird: the jump and a series of flying poses.  

This recipe builds on the Personimation - Flying in Place, where we hovered over the ground. Only this time while in the air, we will be posing our arms as if we were flapping wings. This is called overlapping action; the main action is jumping, and the posing of the arms is overlapping the main action. The bottom line is, we have to keep track of two types of poses. 

In this case, combining them creates the illusion of flapping arms keeping the body in the air. 

Why this is important

Animators must often keep track of multiple movements at the same time. This recipe is a great way to introduce the multi-tasking necessary to create certain effects.

Striking a pose, and then jumping while holding the pose requires focus. 

This is also a great team activity. The animator, and the animated. Two people working together as an animation team. Taking a picture at exactly the top of the jump can be tricky!

Thank you for watching our Animating Kids secret recipes. To watch other lessons, hit the blog tab or follow us on Youtube or Facebook. 

And stay tuned on Friday, we have another episode of Shark Vs Rabbit coming! 

Until then, 

Bon Animate! 

Animation Chefs

P.S. Get the Animation Starter Kit here to take your animation game to the next level.

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Animating Kids #11: Personimation - Flying in place

What You Will Learn

This recipe uses spacing and posing to create the illusion that a person is hovering over the ground. By jumping up in the air and kicking your heels back toward your rear end at the top of the jump, you create the illusion of being 2 or 3 feet off the ground.

The tricky part is taking one picture at the top of the jump. We only need 15 pictures, which should add up to 1 second of animation. You will have to jump 15 different times to get a loop.

Then we can copy and paste the loop of animated hovering as many times as we'd like to create a short movie.

Why This Is Important

Any time YOU are the animated character, the concept sinks in deeper. By being animated, we become better animators. When we animate other characters, our experiences of being animated transfer. We have it in our bones now. 

This recipe is about mostly about getting the pose right. If we can consistently pose in the hovering pose at the top of the jump, the animation looks better.

This can be difficult. Good luck.

Thank you for watching our Animating Kids secret recipes. To watch other lessons, hit the blog tab or follow us on Youtube or Facebook. 

Stay tuned, on Friday we have another Shark Vs Rabbit coming! 

Until then, 

Bon Animate! 

Animation Chefs

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