Saturday, 4 October 2014

8. Stop Motion Animation Formats

Clay Animation: This is one of many forms of animation each prop, character and scenery is made of a malleable substance which is usually plasticince clay. clay animation can be very difficult to mater, each frame that is taken will be of the clay character moving, however if it is moved to much or the clay is shaped differently due to it being moved then it wont look as realistic. Clay animator have many different pieces of the body for once character, such as the face, they will have several different heads with different expression on. this makes the filming process quicker due to the fact they will only need to change the head instead of changing one face all the time and getting the shape perfect.

Lego animation: Lego animation is also a very simple type of animation. this can be a very long winded method of animation but if done well it can be very effective, an example of this is the 'Lego movie'. the way Lego animation is filmed is also very similar to clay animation, there are many types of frames taken with characters and scenery moving slightly each time. Lego animators will also have many different faces and body parts to swap around when needed. this will mainly happen when a character speaks.

People and object animation: this type of animation is very hard to make a movie or short film. this method is usually used for adverts. the main character lays on the floor with a camera directly above with in each frame the character and scenery chance. this can have many type of illusions for the viewer. it can act as though the character is falling or driving a car due to the surroundings being moved across the floor.

Paper Animation: Paper animation is one of the cheapest animation. this is for low budget films or TV series. 'south park' was a paper animation. for a paper animation it is similar to others. each character has different arms and legs for the movement of the character, they have different mouths and eyes for speaking and different facial expressions they pull.

Sand Animation: sand animation is also known as sand art. for this type of animation an artist creates a series of characters and scenery using sand. this is doe by applying sand to a surface and then rendering images such as different characters by drawing lines and figures with a hand. To create a sand animation then they producer needs to use either  a overhead projector or lightbox. Animators move around sand on a backlighted or frontlighted piece of glass to create each frame for their animated films.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

3. stop motion animation guide

Importing clips:

importing the clips into final cut so you can produce your animation can be a challenge, however you will need the camera that you have filmed on. This camera will have a lead that will go into the side of the camera from there you will need to plug the other end into the back of the apple mac screen. once this is done open final cut on the apple mac, go to the top and click on 'file' then scroll down to 'log and transfer.  highlight each shot ht you want to place ad to final cut drag the footage down from the top left into the bottom left ,where it says 'Drag Media Here'. Once all of the footage that is needed is dragged into this box the top right of that box has a loading bar for each clip. Once all the clips have been  they will be added to your final cut and ready to be edited accordingly 

laying on the timeline:
laying clips onto the timeline can sound confusing, however is very simple part of creating your stop motion animation. You will need to understand how to place different clip onto the timeline and when. as you have now imported all the clips you need to produce your animation you have to place the clips in the right order onto your timeline. this is so when you press play the animation will come together frame by frame. the clips that are available to your will be on the top left box on final cut you need need to establish which is the beginning of your animation. take the clip that will be the beginning and drag it down into the middle column of the bottom box. you will have to drag down each frame separately and place them next to each other starting from left to right. Each frame you will place will have to be touching the frame before. 

Cutting is a very simple but very effective piece of final cut. once you have placed down each frame side by side and hit play you may thing that it runs smoothly but very slow. this is due to each frame being shown for a long period of time. however to shorten this you will find the cutting tool in the tool bar to the bottom right. once you have clicked onto the tool bar you can then use the mouse to hover over the frames that you want to slow down. you will need to click on the frame. if you wanted to half the time that is is shown for you will click half way across the frame if you want the frame shorter click to the left more and then longer you click to the right. The cutting step inst finished yet. you will still be left with the other half of the frame. if you have cut everything down to size then you will have to go back to the tool box and then click on the icon of the mouse. you will need to click each frame you don't want separately and press delete. move each frame next to each other and your cutting stage is over.

transitions are used when the there is a either a new camera angle of shot frame. you may find that throughout your animation when the camera angle is changed or there is a change in scene then it may not flow as nice as you planned it out to be. Transitions help this out they give an effect that you place in-between clips. to add a transition into your animation you will need to do certain steps. you will need to click between the two clips that you want the transition then once you have clicked you will need to go to the top and click on 'effect' then scroll down and click on transitions. once you have done this many different transitions will appear you can choose the one you want and once you have clicked on one it will appear between your two clips. 

Adding sound Effect and music:

Exporting the document:
To export your final edited animation onto DVD can be very simple. if you go to the top of your page and click on 'file'  then scroll down to 'share'. A box will then appear in the middle of the page you will need to click the far left box and scroll up to DVD. Then change the file name and then render it. which is compiling into a new video. 


   you can have various different characters within an iStopAnimation. for the animation you could use things like Lego or clay, these can be moved easily and only have small movements making it perfect for iStopAnimation.
    I would only use clay or Lego.
   Lego: set up the scenery you want in the backdrop and have were the main characters go clearly visible.
  Clay: mold the clay into the different shapes you want make it as realistic as you possibly can. 


Camera Shot/ Movement 

Different camera angles will be used to film an iStopMotion, however, the same camera angle and shit will be repeated a numerous of times, the only thing that will changes is the characters as they are moving. the camera will have to be kept still so the scenery and other parts of the animation stay they same and looks realistic. 

keep the camera still at all times on the main art that is being filmed. take 3 photos of each piece of movement your character does. only move the camera when the scene is finished

There will be a lot off editing for an animation to work well, some pictures may have to be cropped out or added in. The editing is a very crucial part off an animation as it puts it all together. many photos will be taken and to be managed by hand is very difficult, iStopMotion allows all the photos to be placed in one section and then looked through and edited. 

 The sound is also a very crucial to the animation. Animation doesn't have anyone talking throughout the filming, it all has to be added in afterwards, same with noise effect and music. The sound can play a big part withing the animation as it gives it noise giving it more emotion and feeling to it. living it up and not letting it be boring. 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

10. mood board

6.Charity Advert Research.

Help For Heroes:

Message from the advert:

  •  The first advert i have chosen is a very emotional, the way that this video is getting its message across i feel is different to others I've seen but also working just as well, they show little clips of the soldiers fighting and how they may have got their injury, then it shows different  injured soldiers overcoming the pain, working very hard getting support from the charity and achieving things they may not of achieved on their own. this show the determination of the individuals and then also their emotion once they have achieved this. 

Message of the adverts

  •  On this advert is different to my first, this shows how help the heroes started, the facts on what has happened. throughout the 4 minute clip it explains why they started the charity and what it means to them, the charity started off very small and after its first event they inspired many people to donate, it also shows clips of injured soldiers explain how much that this charity is helping them out.  the charity has grown massively and are getting and amazing income of £20-30 thousands a day and giving it to placed that need it most and support the lives of our injured troops. Simon cow also speaks and also inspires more people watching. 

Message from the advert

  • In the 3rd advert i have looked at there are some of the clips from the last, however the message they are trying to get across is different, the beginning explains why they have started the charity, but throughout the clip the they explain what they have done how they want people to help, why its good to help, also again they have injured soldiers talking, explaining how the injuries will effect the rest of their lives and how much the charity 'help for heroes' is giving them.

5.lesson plan