Animation is the medium by which inanimate objects appear to move on film (Marius Loland). Today this is done most often by computer generated imagery. Animation gives flat images the ability to move on screen and create a story or to inform. Film sequences include models or drawn images. It is necessary to produce thousands of images to create even a short film.
How to produce animation
An internet search will produce results for many ways to produce animation. In order to create animation using a computer, there is specialised software which can be purchased or downloaded for free.
A good idea is to start simply and work your way up to more ambitious projects. You can begin your animation by drawing pictures that will come to life, or by using images from your computer. Once these images are saved on your computer, you need to edit the shots and ensure that each frame of the animation is placed accurately (Marius Loland).
You can import your pictures or images into some animation software, create a timeline and add any special effects.
What is animation used for
Animation is made primarily to use in entertainment films. It is also a common medium in advertisements, and also on websites for the object of promotion or part of the design of the site. Entertainment by animation is one of the most recognisable forms of this medium. Children’s programmes on television are often animations, and films aimed at kids are commonly produced using computer generated imagery.
Some music videos incorporate animation, as the entire piece or to add in as sections of the film. The other very common use for animation is in computer and video games, which are a huge phenomenon in modern popular culture.
Using animation in video games or films allows images to be projected onto screen that are pure fantasy. This takes the medium of film and gaming to a new level, meaning that human actors do not have to be involved in the film making process, other than to direct and provide a voice.
Animation can also be used to educate. Information films for companies or schools often contain animation to illustrate a point in a more visual way. This makes the information more palatable and memorable to the viewer.
Tips for animation
You need time and patience to become an animator. There are numerous processes to go through before reaching the finished product. It is important to focus on each shot as the story of the animation progresses. Facial expressions and limb posture must progress seamlessly to ensure a credible result.
When adding sound to the animation, it is important to check that the message you wish to convey with the sound is mirrored in the pictures. If your character is frowning and the dialogue is jovial, there will be a mismatch, for example. The original creators of Disney animation set out principles of animation that are still relevant today. If you are beginning your animation journey, this could be a good place to start. It turned out alright for Walt Disney.