Animation is the illusion of movement created by a series of individually manipulated images, each different from the last. In filmmaking, animation allows us almost unlimited creative possibilities; possibilities that live action cinema does not.
Stop-motion animation is animation using physical materials such as:
– Plasticine eg Extreme Makeover - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhoIUJX3yFE
– Human Bodies eg The Seagull - http://www.youtube.com/watchv=tEkvRUM820Y&feature=related
– Household objects eg Western Spaghetti - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBjLW5_dGAM
– Rubbish – eg Catch of the Day - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8spMLvoJG8
Film writers must decide how to use these animation techniques to best tell their stories and which techniques best suit which stories.
In my workshop I will be discussing my experiences in the animation industry as both an animator and a writer and the relationship between the two.
Before the workshop consider a story that you think might make a good short film and how you might incorporate animation into this story.
Please feel free to add any questions or responses via the portal blog.
See you at the festival