Animation has been with us for a very long time – in fact it pre-dates ‘moving pictures. Have you ever made drawings in the corner of a pad, each drawing being slightly different to the previous one and then when the pages are thumbed at speed there is the illusion of motion? I know, I spent many a pleasant afternoon in school in my own world of make-believe completely oblivious to the teacher.
I remember looking at Walk Disney explaining the art of animation in a series where we say the artists, animators and set builders creating an animated film. They were the old days – now there are much easier ways to create an animation. Think about those video games. It is possible to create movement simply through pressing buttons, or using a mouse or a joystick or games console. There is no requirement to draw a single picture.
We currently use 2 types of packages. The first – MovieStorm – uses a gaming engine, which means that it is very easy to learn. The downside is that there are limitations to what can be achieved. The other package is Animation Master. It has a steeper learning curve but is way more flexible. It allows for much greater imagination.
Which to use? It depends on how much patience you have, how artistic you are or how imaginative you are. We use both!
UPDATE: We are now looking at using 3dsMax from AutoDesk. You can look at some tutorials on this exciting product. These are from third parties and not developed by Channel PWEM.