Animation


Animatio, a Latin verb meaning “bringing something to life,” is crucial in understanding both the etymology and essence of animation. Throughout the ages, this artistic approach has managed to bring still images to life through a representation of motion. By definition, animation is a technique through which one can create the illusion of movement using a sequence of images.
You’ve probably seen an animation, even if you don’t know the dictionary definition of the word. But did you know that it has been around ever since our ancestors first started scribbling in the caves? Technically, it is older than cinema, even though the most popular pieces emerged after the introduction of photography. This gave animation the ability to be replicated and displayed in movie theaters. The earliest title that sets the tone for most of modern animation is French artist Emile Cohl’s Fantasmagorie, from the distant 1908. Fantasmagorie was created by drawing the frames on pieces of paper, and then using negatives for the projection. This gave the movie its blackboard look. It was the first hand-drawn animation ever to appear on the world.

The common methods for making animation vary according to the way the still images are produced. It could be hand-drawn, computer rendered or made via the use of several consecutive photographs. The latter is known as stop-motion animation, and good examples include Tim Burton’s Vincent and Corpse Bride, as well as Wallace & Gromit. Most people would recognize Walt Disney as the most prominent figure in hand-drawn animation, and his innumerable contributions are too many to list. Three dimensional animation was first popularized by a company started by George Lucas and later purchased by Steve Jobs – Pixar, which created titles like The Adventures of Andre and Wally and Luxo Jr. Those were among the first 3D animation films, but Pixar’s greatest success was Toy Story, which paved the way for future computer animated flicks.

It is wrong to assume, however, that only one particular technique can be used at a time. In some cases an animated feature can be made using a combination of approaches. Such is the case with Disney’s Paper-man short film, in which hand-drawn animation is seamlessly integrated with computer generated imagery. Such a combination of techniques is often featured in Japanese anime. In the latter genre, it is not uncommon to render certain particular parts of the movie by computer, even though the rest is hand drawn.

In time, the number of possible ways to achieve diversity in the world of animation has grown staggeringly high. As time passes, more and more techniques are likely to be introduced to the colorful and varied world of animated features. Many who have the talent to draw well have taken the step towards animation. It is now in the curriculum of several acclaimed arts universities and schools around the world. Animation is everywhere – in video games, in cinema and even in commercials, which makes it very profitable to be a talented and creative artist.

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