So I did some animation! And I did it on one piece of paper, with a desktop lamp and a pencil and iStopMotion and no sound. For all that, I think it went pretty well! Check it out here – http://www.youtube.com/laserswords – and I’ll now say some things I learned. Bear with me, it’s baaaaasic stuff.
A) With the one-piece-of-paper method, you really can’t have a person in one place for too long. You’ll just tear through the paper. I like the 1-paper style though, it’s at least kinda interesting and unique even if it looks amateur. Which is fine, because, well, I am one. Also, the whole thing seems a little fast paced – I’d like to slow it down next time, maybe go for 45 sec – 1 min videos, with more in-betweens.
B) My camera, at the moment, is an iSight magnetic camera fixed to a desk lamp which lights the page. This leads to horrible glare and a constant movement of the camera. Especially when you bump it. So… don’t do that? Also, tape down the page and lamp, and I’m going to see what I can do to reduce the glare of the lamp. Maybe stick a sheet of paper over it, and just hope it doesn’t burn.
C) I’m going to stick to once-per-week for these videos, because then I can try out new things every week and have a few days to perfect them. I’ll also be going through the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12_basic_principles_of_animation via these videos. Obviously the ball was Squash n’ Stetched, so I’m going to work on Anticipation this time.