Friday, March 30, 2012

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Studying Films and Storytelling

A lot of thought and planning goes into film making. One of the best ways to understand it ourselves is to look at films from both the audience's and the animator's points of view. Some factors to always keep in mind are the visuals and story. If one isn't there, the other needs to be strong in order to have a interesting film. We looked at a few examples of different types of films and analyzed what they were about, how they were made, and how they made us feel.


Kiwi is a visually simple film with a equally simple but very powerful story. This animation shows the importance of an emotional connection with the audience.

Western Spaghetti

What this film lacks in meaning, it makes up for in creativity. Interesting techniques intrigue the audience in place of a standard plot.

Junk Space

A visually stimulating piece

Draw With Me

A simply drawn student film that shares a simple emotion: love.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Flipbooks are one of the simplest ways to make animation and in a way that most people have probably already tried. We can all relate to doodling in the corners of our notebooks in school and flipping the corners when the teacher isn't looking. This time the teacher was looking!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


A zoetrope is an old animation method where a sequence of images on a strip of paper are spun in a cylinder and viewed threw narrow slots. The result is the illusion of a moving image. We used a record player and an ice cream drum to spin our zoetropes.